The sport of boxing is always related to rigorous physical activity. However, its therapeutic effects are known to only few people. This combat sport can also be used as a tool of physical therapy for patients suffering from serious diseases such as Parkinson Disease. Recently, boxing training has been used on the patients suffering from Parkinson disease and has met with positive results.
Six patients suffering from idiopathic Parkinson disease were asked to participate in boxing training sessions for 12 weeks while one more patient attended the training session for 4 weeks only. The training session included drills, traditional strengthening, and stretching and endurance exercises. The results of the training session included Berg Balance Scale, Functional Reach Test, Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale, Six-Minute Walk Test, cadence, step width, Timed “Up & Go” Test, activities of daily living and motor examination subscales of the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale, gait speed, stride length and Parkinson Disease Quality of Life Scale.
The results of the boxing training session were amazing. Six patients showed improvements on a minimum of 5 out of the 12 tests which were measured in during the training session. The patients who had mild signs of Parkinson Disease exhibited improvements much earlier than those who suffered from moderate to severe PD. All this shows that boxing is a great source of physical therapy.
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