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Neural Plasticity and Innovations in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

[No CEs] Neural plasticity, also known as brain plasticity or cerebral plasticity, refers to the ability of neurons in the brain to change or reorganize in response to specific experiences. The brain communicates through a complex network of more than one hundred billion neurons, each neuron potentially containing thousands of synapses. Synapses, tiny gaps between neurons, send and receive neurotransmitters (chemicals) that control virtually all of our functioning. Neural plasticity occurs when the neuron changes in shape and function increasing the number and effectiveness of the synapses. This presentation will discuss the conditions that promote neural plasticity which when incorporated into rehabilitative practice can enhance recovery following brain injury.

Presentation Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define neural plasticity and state why it is important for brain injury rehabilitation
  2. Participants will be able to identify 3 conditions that promote neural plasticity.
  3. Participants will identify 2 factors that limit neural plasticity.