Participation in leisure activities during brain injury rehabilitation Academic Article uri icon


  • PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To describe and compare pre- and post-injury leisure activities of individuals receiving brain injury rehabilitation and explore levels of leisure participation and satisfaction. RESEARCH DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive study incorporating a survey of current and past leisure activities. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Questionnaires were completed by 40 individuals with an acquired brain injury receiving inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation. MEASURES: Shortened Version of the Nottingham Leisure Questionnaire and Changes in Leisure Questionnaire (developed for this study). RESULTS: Leisure participation declined following injury, particularly in social leisure activities. Pre-injury activities with high rates of discontinued or decreased participation were driving, going to pubs and parties, do-it-yourself activities and attending sports events. Inpatient participants generally attributed decreased participation to the hospital environment, whereas outpatient participants reported this predominantly as a result of disability. Post-injury levels of perceived leisure satisfaction were significantly lower for the inpatient group compared to pre-injury, but not for the outpatient group. Uptake of some new leisure activities was reported post-injury, however not at the rate to which participation declined. CONCLUSIONS: Leisure participation decreases during brain injury rehabilitation compared to pre-injury levels. Re-engagement in relevant, age-appropriate leisure activities needs to be addressed during rehabilitation to improve participation in this domain.


  • Fleming, Jennifer
  • Braithwaite, Helen
  • Gustafsson, Louise
  • Griffin, Janelle
  • Collier, Ann Maree
  • Fletcher, Stephanie

publication date

  • August 2011