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Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 5127374, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5127374
Clinical Study

Efficiency of an Active Rehabilitation Intervention in a Slow-to-Recover Paediatric Population following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study

1Department of Human Kinetics, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), 3351 Boulevard des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada G9A 5H7
2Research Group on Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunctions (GRAN), UQTR, 3351 Boulevard des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada G9A 5H7
3Cortex Médecine et Réadaptation Concussion Clinic, 205-1035 Avenue Wilfrid-Pelletier, Québec City, QC, Canada G1W 0C5
4Research Center in Neuropsychology and Cognition (CERNEC), Université de Montréal, 90 rue Vincent d’Indy, Montréal, QC, Canada H2V 2S9
5Clinique Neuropsychologique, 206-1379 Chemin Ste-Foy, Québec City, QC, Canada G1S 2N2

Received 1 June 2016; Revised 12 September 2016; Accepted 23 October 2016

Academic Editor: S. John Sullivan

Copyright © 2016 Sarah Imhoff et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. The aim of this study was to identify whether the addition of an individualised Active Rehabilitation Intervention to standard care influences recovery of young patients who are slow-to-recover following a mTBI. Methods. Fifteen participants aged years received standard care and an individualised Active Rehabilitation Intervention which included (1) low- to high-intensity aerobic training; (2) sport-specific coordination exercises; and (3) therapeutic balance exercises. The following criteria were used to measure the resolution of signs and symptoms of mTBI: (1) absence of postconcussion symptoms for more than 7 consecutive days; (2) cognitive function corresponding to normative data; and (3) absence of deficits in coordination and balance. Results. The Active Rehabilitation Intervention lasted days. The duration of the intervention was correlated with self-reported participation (%, , ). The average postconcussion symptom inventory (PCSI) score went from a total of points to points after the intervention (, ). Conclusion. A progressive submaximal Active Rehabilitation Intervention may represent an important asset in the recovery of young patients who are slow-to-recover following a mTBI.