Study examined how participation in leisure activities for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) changed from before injury to 1 year after injury. The Functional Status Examination (FSE) was administered to 160 rehabilitation inpatients with moderate to severe TBI at 1 year after injury. The FSE, an assessment tool that measures functional changes associated with traumatic injury, examines 10 activity areas including leisure and recreation. Results showed that at 1 year after injury, 81 percent of the patients had not returned to preinjury levels of leisure participation. Activities most frequently discontinued included partying, drug and alcohol use, and various sports. The activity most often reported as new after injury was watching television. Of the small fraction who returned to preinjury levels, 70 percent did so within 4 months of injury. Sixty percent of those who did not return to preinjury levels were moderately to severely bothered by the changes.
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