After a traumatic bicycle injury Robert Wein was told that he’d suffered an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
As he’d never heard the term before he thought that it was rare. His doctor explained that what he’d suffered was serious, but was by no means rare. An acquired brain injury is defined as:
Damage to the brain, which occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. These impairments may be temporary or permanent and cause partial or functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.
– World Health Organization (Geneva 1996)
You have probably heard it referred to by many other names, where the most common being “Concussion”. He was told that it presents in 1 out of 24 people, and often invisible to others.
Following his time in hospital, Rob was medically retired from a job that he loved, and it was physically impossible for him to pursue his fitness goals. His new goal became to tell the world of the existence, prevalence, and the often-invisible nature of ABIs.
He received a recumbent tricycle, and an Alinker (https://ca.thealinker.com/), to keep mobile so that he could spread the message that even though someone has faced challenges they must never stop.
Thank you Dan Ragall for the awesome photography.