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Validating the Interactive Metronome: Pilot Study for Post-Deployment Service Members

Study - Published in Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience


Adult, Cognitive Skills, Military Readiness, Motor Skills

In this study, researchers tested the effectiveness of Interactive Metronome™ (IM) in tandem with the TRX® System for individuals recovering from mild traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder. The unique aspect was testing on college students – a group similar in age and physical condition to active military personnel. With several tests conducted before and after the treatment, including the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and the Test of Everyday Attention, the results showed notable improvements. Participants not only showed measurable positive changes but also reported feeling reassured by the IM system, finding it a welcome relief from academic stress.

Abridged Summary & Results of Study

The Validation of the Interactive Metronome: A Pilot Study Prior to Implementation for Post Deployment Service Members

YEAR: 2015


AUTHOR: Leonard G. Trujillo & Jane Painter-Patton

The In this proof of concept pilot study a training protocol that combined Interactive Metronome (IM) and Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX®) produced meaningful changes in attention, fine motor control (hand dexterity), & life satisfaction in a group of normal college subjects of similar age and physical status as active duty military. It is hypothesized that the same regimen may be helpful for post-deployed military personnel & individuals with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and/or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.


  • n=4 (2 males, 2 females)
  • 12-session intervention plan 3x/week with sessions lasting a maximum of one hour and a half, consisting of:
    • first and last session: pre/post evaluations
    • remaining ten sessions: 1,350-1,512 repetitions of IM paired with similar TRX® exercises
    • TRX® performed in 30 second increments with 30 seconds of break between each interval
    • 2 participants treated simultaneously to encourage motivation and competition – as 1 participant completed an IM exercise, the other participant completed a paired TRX® exercise
  • Pre/post assessments included:
    • Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) • Test of Everyday Attention (TEA)
    • Interactive Metronome (IM) Long Form Assessment
    • Nine-Hole Peg Test (NHPT)

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