Longboarder With Brain Trauma Injury Recovers

An Arkansas native with a traumatic brain injury came to Omaha's Quality Living, Inc. for rehabilitation and found his passion again.

Longboarder, Jordan Aurit, was hit by a car while riding his scooter last Halloween. The accident put him in a Denver hospital with a traumatic brain injury for several months.

"Due to my injuries, I pretty much had to re-learn how to do everything, whether it just be putting a shirt on or going to the bathroom," said Aurit.

He came to Omaha's QLI, a rehabilitation center for brain trauma and spinal injuries. At first progress was slow.

"There were kind of standard exercises that I was using with him at the time that didn't capture his interest at all," said Brad Dexter, Aurit's physical therapist.

When Dexter learned about Aurit's passion for longboarding, he immediately incorporated it into his therapy. They created a makeshift longboard, using foam rollers.

"Not just looking at the individual's injury but looking at who they were the day before this accident that's completely altered the path that they were going on in their life; and how do we incorporate those passions and those interests into their rehabilitation program," said Dexter.

Aurit immediately began to improve.

"I couldn't ride it at first I was still working on balance and coordination, but it gave me that extra power to work harder just seeing my longboard in there," said Aurit.

Quickly he was back outside on his old longboard. Monday he will return home to Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a new therapy regimen that includes his passion and working at his old longboard shop.

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