Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr


Brain Injuries -- rehabilitation; Brain Injuries -- therapy


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be devastating. Survivors of TBI and their families face complex needs that challenge physical therapists. To respond to this challenge, physical therapists need specific knowledge in regard to epidemiology, etiology, specialized treatment techniques, and the impact of the TBI on patients and their families.

With improvements in medical technology, the number of children and adults surviving brain injuries has increased. Many of these survivors require specialized training to improve impairments as a result of their injuries.

Physical therapists play a vital role in the evaluation and treatment of the patient with traumatic brain injury. In a multidisciplinary team, physical therapists have a common purpose and goal along with other health care professionals, yet they possess a particular expertise. Physical therapists treat neuromuscular deficits in traumatic brain injury patients to maximize functional capabilities.

The purpose of this study is to 1) increase awareness of the problems associated with TBI patients, 2) provide information and resources specific to the needs of the patients and their families, 3) supply a framework of specialized TBI treatment techniques for approaching the behaviorally and emotionally disordered patient.