• Special Populations Feature: Parkinson's Disease
    The NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal publishes a monthly series on exercise intervention for Special Populations. Volume 34, Issue 2 focuses on Parkinson’s disease (PD)—a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is accompanied by severe motor symptoms that present functional limitations. Exercise has been shown to positively modify PD symptoms and improve quality of life for persons with PD.
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  • ParkinsonsSynopsis
    Designing an exercise program for Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients requires special attention to movement patterns unique to this Special Populations group.

    Individuals with PD commonly suffer from the following four key movement-related symptoms:
    1. Resting tremor–often described as “pill rolling” between the thumb and index finger
    2. Bradykinesis–decrease in speed of movement, range of motion, and coordination
    3. Rigidity–involuntary muscle resistance to external force
    4. Decreased postural reflexes–instability and forward leaning
    Other symptoms of PD include impaired gait, momentary freezing, and altered sensory perception. A majority of these movement-related symptoms are attributable to a decreased amount of circulating dopamine – the hormone responsible for motor control.

    All types of physical activity require motor control. Therefore, any fitness professional that supervises PD patients must be aware of the modifications and contraindications for aerobic, resistance, and flexibility training.

    NSCA Professional Members can access journal content through the Reports and Journals page at nsca.com.
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