ABI clients pictured with Munster players David Wallace, Denis Leamy and Marcus Horan
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) staff and clients were in attendance at the recent annual Munster Rugby Awards in Thomond Park.
Following the RaboDirect PRO12
fixture against Ulster, the Munster players paid a visit to the ABI attendees and thanked them for their support throughout the season.
Established in 2000, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (formerly the Peter Bradley Foundation) was set up to provide a range of pioneering, flexible and tailor-made services to people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
The Community based Neuro-Rehabilitation services provided by the organisation place a critical emphasis on client-centeredness, quality, effectiveness and value for money. Rehabilitation and clinical support are key aspects to the service. Approximately 13,000 people suffer from a head injury in Ireland each year and face a dramatically altered life thereafter.
People with ABI progress at different rates, and may need to access services at different points in time as their needs change. Within each stage of rehabilitation a range of different service providers is involved, which must be coordinated. Once back in the community the emphasis is on more extended activities of daily living, integration, and return to work or education.
Interventions focus on enhanced participation, improved quality of life, psychological adjustment and carer stress. ABI Ireland's Concussion Awareness Prevention and Education Campaign aims at educating players, coaches and parents about the signs and symptoms of concussion; while also providing a recommended return to play action play.