The Evidence for a Serious Brain Injury Cognitive & Occupational Rehabilitation Programme

Unique Clinician-led Custom Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cognitive & Occupational Rehab

Our unique and ground-breaking serious brain injury rehabilitation programme offers participants a clinician-led, tailor-made programme that includes cognitive and occupational therapy within the outdoor adventure setting of the stunning Lake District. The aim of the programme is to build greater independence and self-esteem for those with acquired brain injury.

Here we examine the evidence for the need of this type of programme:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by a trauma to the head.
TBI is not a single event, but can be a chronic and often progressive disease with long term consequences. Even after an ostensibly good recovery, patients might have to live with a continuing process of coping and adaptation.

TBI represents 30-40% of all injury-related deaths and neurological injury

It is projected to remain the most important cause of disability from neurological disease up to 2030 – two to three times higher than the contribution from Alzheimer’s or cerebrovascular disorders.


Studies of adolescent and young adult in-patients

Another study of adolescent and young adult in-patients, evaluating cognitive, behavioural, depressive and self-awareness disorders (Viguier D., Dellatolas G., et al A psychological assessment of adolescent and young adult patients after traumatic brain injury Brain Inj 2001; 15: 263-271) highlighted a discrepancy between patient and clinician’s evaluations suggesting a lack of self-awareness of behavioural and cognitive disorders in TBI patients.

Outdoor Adventure Neuro Rehab Therapy Programme – Building Confidence & Self-Esteem

Physical exercise has the potential not only to improve physical health but also to have a positive effect on mental alertness and mood in the general population. Exercise can result in an increase in self-esteem and self-worth in all age groups from children to older adults (Baumeister RF., Campbell JD., Krueger JI., and Vohs KD., Does high self-esteem cause better performance, interpersonal success, happiness, or healthier lifestyles? Psychological Science in the Public Interest 2003; 4: 1-44). Studies on the benefits of outdoor activity in addressing problems associated with TBI point to improvements in self-esteem, self-confidence, increased control, memory and planning.

A three day Outward Bound Experience

A one year outcome study of a three day Outward Bound Experience (Lemmon J., LaTourrette D., and Hauver S., One Year Outcome Study of Outward Bound Experience on the Psychosocial Functioning of Women with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. The Journal of Cognitive Rehabilitation; 1996: July/August 18-24) recorded a range of positive outcomes.

The Lake District Calvert Trust ABI Rehabilitation Programme

TBI can have profound long term consequences not only to individuals but to their families, carers and society as a whole . The impact of a TBI on an individual is immediate but TBI survivors may also have to live with a continuing and developing need of coping and adapting (Maas AIR., Menon DK. et al., Traumatic brain injury: integrated approaches to improve prevention, clinical care, and research. The Lancet Neurology Commission 2017 16: 987-1048).

Post TBI, an individual may have to cope with a reduction in cognitive abilities

Physical exercise is known to improve physical health and also to have a positive effect on mental alertness and mood in the general population.

Confidence Building Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Rehab in NW England’s Lake District

The Lake District Calvert Trust (LDCT) inspired by its experience in the provision of outdoor activity for people with disability over the last 40 years, the encouragement, advice and enthusiasm of leading clinicians and academics, and the limited but positive initial results of research of outdoor activity in rehabilitation following TBI has developed a proposed post-acute ABI rehabilitation programme which will support brain injury survivors in a new residential centre.

More information on TBI can be found on this Wikipedia page

An exciting and innovative rehabilitation programme

This exciting and innovative rehabilitation programme delivered by a team of clinicians and specialists in outdoor activity will be tailored to each individual participants needs.

For further information on Calvert Reconnections, our serious brain injury cognitive and occupational rehabilitation programme, call us on 017867 72255.