June is Brain Injury Awareness Month by Brain Injury Canada – an advocacy movement by brain injury associations, survivors and caregivers throughout the country. Their mission “is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families/caregivers living with brain injury in Canada.”
Did you know that approximately 1.5 million Canadians live with a brain injury? Acquired brain injuries, that occur due to trauma after birth, can affect thinking, sensations (including touch, taste, light, sound and smell), language and emotions. Often, they appear as a part of a silent epidemic; concussions, impaired cognitive and behavioural functioning are not necessarily as visible as other disabilities. Everyone involved in brain injury rehabilitation and recovery face the social, emotional and economic consequences that arise, even if they are not a survivor themselves. It is important for survivors and community members to share their stories and demonstrate how brain injuries can be overcome.
Enrico Quilico: Athlete, Educator, Traumatic Brain-injury Survivor
Over a decade ago, Enrico nearly lost his life when he was thrown from his motorcycle while veering to avoid a car in front of him. He spent two weeks in an induced coma. Doctors told his parents to think about whether he should remain on life support when he did not initially wake up.
When he did regain consciousness, Enrico had to re-learn many basic skills like walking and proper pronunciation. He credits his recovery, to the point he is at now, due to continuous exercise. He has competed in over 16 triathlons and, in 2016, he participated in the Ironman while raising funds in support of Brain Injury Canada.
Enrico has also earned several degrees since his accident. He has a Bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University and a research-based Master’s degree in kinesiology and physical education from McGill. His research focuses on determining the benefits of physical exercise for others who have had similar experiences to him. Enrico was able to take a situation that seemed to negatively impact his life and turned it into something positive.
The OT Works! and Brain-Injury Rehabilitation
OT Works! is a proud supporter of Brain Injury Awareness Month. Every month, our team of occupational therapists meet for in-service education. In February of this year, OT Works! joined a webinar co-presented by Enrico on “The Importance of Exercising After Traumatic Brain Injury.” He shared his research and outcomes of a 9 to 12-month exercise program developed to help patients recover from a traumatic brain injury.
Our OTs continue to provide quality care while keeping up-to-date with current and emerging research and clinical evidence. Our OTs are knowledgeable on treating traumatic brain injuries and we have helped hundreds of clients with concussions return to the activities they love. Our OTs have advanced training and regularly attend brain injury rehabilitation workshops. Through their education, they help clients overcome their barriers in order to achieve success.
How Can We Help?
Give us a call if you are interested in how an OT can help you or someone you know with a traumatic brain injury.
Phone: 604.696.1066 ext 1000.
- “Overcoming a Motorcycle Crash to Becoming an Ironman” – The Epoch Times, May 1, 2019.
- “Co-Creating a Physical Activity Program for People with Traumatic Brain Injury” – Enrico Quilico’s Story on YouTube
- Brain Injury Canada – Website
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Information – Factsheet (PDF)