How kinesiology can help treat brain injuries

A scan of the head years after a traumatic brain injury showing an empty space where the damage occurred marked by the arrow.

Last month may have been Brain Injury Awareness Month, but every day of the year people live with the effects of brain injuries. You may not even know you have an injury, or where to get help for this.

For those looking to better their lives post brain injury, kinesiology is one resource that can be helpful, despite it seems known mostly to athletes for athletic and sport injuries.

Have you ever pedaled an exercise bike from the back? That’s how you may do it if you seek the help of a kinesiologist for post brain injury therapies.

Fred Dugdale

I have known musician Fred Dugdale for a few years as a member of two bands; one of which, Papa John’s Blues Band, was a guest on People of Interest.

This past April, Fred emailed me to tell me that he lives with post brain injury and he continues playing music as a big part of making his life better. He also mentioned that he continues to search for other resources in his recovery.

Glen Bergeron

Fred introduced me to Glen Bergeron, who is a Professor, Athletic Therapist, and Director of Heads Up Concussion Institute at the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health at the University of Winnipeg.

I became aware of kinesiology about a year ago at a tabling event in the halls of Centennial Hall at the U of W. After making a few inquiries, I was surprised to hear that kinesiology can not only help with the physical aspects of the body, but can also be of great assistance to people recovering from brain injuries.

To hear more about this latest tool in the box of therapies that may work for you or a loved one suffering from the effects of head trauma, listen to this interview with practitioner Glen Bergeron and musician Fred Dugdale:

Julien Cooper

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I am Julien Cooper. Let's talk electronics. I advocate strongly in the sharing of existing resources such as electronic devices, for both personal and citizen journalistic uses. I call it 'Useful recycling we can use again' as in goods not broken down and then re-manufactured. I also offer free of charge the simple repairs and returns of electronics and free collections of electronics to re-purpose for new users. I hope one day we will have a fully established technical repair shop available to create an inner-city repair and exchange shop which the public can use as a makerspace or to receive or offer services in, which can include designing new inventions with or without peer help and having a public trade-in or exchange depot.

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