Research on The Four Pillars
The Watson Centre for Brain Health is committed to delivering a comprehensive program for people with brain injuries. Our program implements a four-pillared approach that is focused on improving quality of life through increasing capacities. Our approach is focused on interdisciplinary cognitive, physical and emotional healing.
Our goal is to serve people suffering from persisting symptoms due to brain injury. Our program identifies areas of concern for our clients and then develops a personalized, non-invasive rehabilitation plan. With the support of our staff, comprised of certified cognitive instructors, personal trainers and clinical counsellors, we will implement individualized programs and measure the progress of our clients. To our knowledge, no other organization is implementing programs with this level of rigour for people with brain injuries. We are excited to be serving our community and clients in this way as we believe that together we will help so many to become more independent.
Learn more about the research on the impact of exercise for those with traumatic brain injury. Affective responses after different intensities of exercise in patients with traumatic brain injury. (From Frontiers of Neuroscience).
Research on the impact of mindfulness as a method to reduce stress for people with stroke or traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Brain Injury).
Research on the impact of counselling for people with traumatic brain injury.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 May; 86(5):851-6.
The effect of a scheduled telephone intervention on outcome after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: a randomized trial. (Physical Exercise and Rehabilitation).
In June of 2015 The Watson Centre for Brain Health (WCBH) with the Arrowsmith Program began a research study to measure the impact of applying our program to for people with traumatic brain injury. The study was conducted by Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul from University of British Columbia’s Centre for Brain Health.
Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul and her research team are studying the impact of non-invasive cognitive rehabilitation and its influence on individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. The study is being conducted at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia.
The Watson Centre for Brain Health team is very excited about this study and the support it has received.
A Message from Dr. Nazrin Virji-Babul:
“The most important thing we have learned from the pilot project using the Arrowsmith intervention/Watson Centre Program is that the brain has an incredible capacity to change. What we have seen – even with a small group of participants – many of whom who had a chronic brain injury – is that intervention/stimulation can make a change in the brain and in cognitive/behavioural function. We still have lots to learn about how to best target intervention and many questions to answer about the amount and type of intervention that can lead to most optimal recovery.”
Most of the conversation today around brain injury seems to be focused on who or what caused it. This is due in part because many in the medical field embraced the assumption that the brain is the only organ in the body that could not heal itself. The Watson Center for Brain Health, has moved beyond that conversation and challenged the assumption by providing a path to healing and in turn, hope for individuals who suffer from brain injuries.
NHL Alumni, Hockey Executive
WCBH has helped me to recover from my MVA TBI / concussion. I had to admit “disability and injury” as I could not function any longer with the Competitive Edge that I had come to rely on within myself and my career! I recommend the full-time program. The time I put in will pay dividends towards my future…Admit and come to accept your injury and great things await with perseverance and resilience. The Watson Center and support persons are patient. Please consider your mental and emotional well-being for yourself and your loved ones, let alone your future financial ability to earn. I have recovered crucial working life – executive functioning abilities.
Current Watson Brain Centre Participant
My brain injury was 30 years ago and since my injury my thinking has been cloudy and slow and since being in this program for the past 6 months my thinking is clearer and faster…participating in this program is better than winning the lottery.
Former Watson Brain Centre Participant
I’m now naturally able to wake up at a reasonable time and have less of a need for napping. Better functioning in my days/life. I have improved socially for a few months now.
Former Watson Brain Centre Participant
Their focus is on restoring function in TBI victims so that they can once again enjoy life to the greatest extent possible. I highly recommend and endorse the Watson Center for Brain Health for this purpose, and if they were closer to where I am in Seattle, I would send all my clients to them to get their lives back.
Personal injury lawyer
I am a 49 year old, 11 year NHL veteran and my career was cut short due to multiple concussions. Since then I have been looking for a program(s) that might help me with my day to day mental struggles. A few months ago happened to sit in on a few of the Watson / Arrowsmith seminars and am now excited to be able to take part in this groundbreaking approach for potential cognitive healing and a better way of life.
Retired Canadian hockey defenceman
WCBH is implementing a unique multidisciplinary and holistic approach in treating the effects of traumatic brain injury. This comprehensive program has the potential to present real opportunity for individuals affected by TBI to become whole again.
Dr. Mike Dowling, DC, CCSP
Chiropractic Sports Physician
I was fortunate enough to live a dream and play in the NFL for 14 years. While I don’t feel any negative cognitive effects at 46 years old, I know that the possibility is always there. Whether it is me or any of my former teammates that might benefit from the work of the Watson Center, I am glad they are there and care enough to do the work they are doing.
Former American Football Centre
As a 48-year-old 10 year NFL veteran, I am beginning to notice subtle changes in my own cognitive abilities. Misplacing my keys, fumbling over words, and forgetting names are becoming commonplace in my everyday life. I have long believed I would benefit from a Watson Centre/Arrowsmith-type program that was customized to address the specific needs of an NFL Player.
Former American Football Player
Mark Watson and the Watson Centre for Brain Health are taking on the root cause of TBI symptoms head on. As someone who played almost a decade of contact sport – I have yet to see a program that approaches the treatment with as much holistic innovation.
Retired CFL’s Nastiest Player, Men’s Health Advocate