Acute Effects of Boxing, Cycling, and Dancing on Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease

Liliana Rosales, and Dr. JongHun Sung and Dr. Karen Appleby, Department of Human Performance and Sport Studies, Idaho State University, 921 South 8th Ave. Stop 8105, Pocatello ID 83209

Freezing of Gait (FOG) is a common disabling motor symptom in people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). FOG is described as akinetic, where no movement of the legs is observed. Patients experience a feeling as if their feet are glued to the floor. FOG frequently affects activities of daily life and results in falls and fall-related injuries. Previous studies have found that medications, surgery, cueing strategies, and physical activity decreased the symptom of FOG in people with PD. However, previous evidence provides valuable treatment suggestions, the effect of non-traditional therapeutic exercise programs including boxing, cycling, and dancing on FOG is not clear. Thus, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of boxing, cycling, and dancing programs as a therapeutic exercise to decrease FOG in people with PD. A total of 40 participants who can walk and have FOG symptoms will be recruited. The participants will be randomly assigned to a boxing, cycling, or dancing program (10 subjects for each program). Then, they will be required to attend an assigned program two times a week for 12 weeks. The other 10 participants will be assigned to the control group (no exercise program). To evaluate each exercise program's efficacy on FOG, the Movement Disorder Society-Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS), FOG Trajectories Scale, and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test will be administered one week before and after the program. We anticipate observing a significant reduction in the amount of time in the TUG test and improvements on the MDS-UPDRS and FOG Trajectories Scale in the study participants in the dance program. The dance program is expected to be the most effective on FOG reduction because dance involves choreography learning to a count and involves rhythmic music, which has a similar strategy that a cue training has.  

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Liliana Rosales

Institution: Idaho State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Health & Human Development

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5109