Non-contact Boxing Training and Traditional Therapeutic Exercise for Persons With Parkinson's Disease
|Parkinson's Disease||Behavioral: Traditional Therapeutic Exercise Behavioral: Non-Contact Boxing Training||Phase 1 Phase 2|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Comparison of Non-contact Boxing Training and Traditional Therapeutic Exercise on Functional Outcomes in Persons With Parkinson's Disease|
- Mobility: Measured with the Timed Up and Go Test; Four-Square Step Test; Six-Minute Walk Test; Berg Balance Scale; Functional Reach Test [ Time Frame: Each outcome measures is assessed at pre-test (immediately before intervention), post-test (immediately after the 12 week intervention). ]
- Participation: measured with the Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale and the Parkinson's disease Quality of Life Scale [ Time Frame: Each outcome measures is assessed at pre-test (immediately before intervention), post-test (immediately after the 12 week intervention). ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Active Comparator: Therapeutic Exercise||
Behavioral: Traditional Therapeutic Exercise
The therapeutic exercise program will consist of warm-up and stretching, seated and standing range of motion activities, endurance and resistance training, balance training and a cool down. Training will take place for 36 sessions, three times/week for 60-90 minutes per session.
|Active Comparator: Non-Contact Boxing Training||
Behavioral: Non-Contact Boxing Training
Non-contact boxing training will consist of warm-up and stretching, non-contact boxing training (including punching a focus mitt, speed and heavy punching bags), endurance training activities, strength and resistance training, and a cool down. Training will take place for 36 sessions, three times/week for 60-90 minutes per session.
Physical therapists commonly treat patients with Parkinson's disease. Typical clinical interventions used by physical therapists including strengthening, stretching and aerobic training have been shown to improve function and quality of life of persons with Parkinson's disease. Alternative exercise interventions that incorporate non-traditional concepts, such as tango dance, tai chi and taiji have also been found to lead to improvements in function in persons with Parkinson's disease. It is important that comparisons between different types of exercise programs for persons with Parkinson's disease be explored in order to determine effective options for care.
Here in Indianapolis, Indiana, individuals with Parkinson's disease have a unique opportunity for alternative exercise with the recent development of the popular non-contact boxing training program offered by the Rock Steady Boxing Foundation. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to compare the effects of the non-traditional boxing training program to a traditional therapeutic exercise program on activity and participation outcomes in persons with Parkinson's disease.
Thirty participants with Parkinson's disease will be recruited from Central Indiana. All potential participants will be screened to determine eligibility for the study. Participants who are eligible and give consent will be randomly assigned to participate in either the non-contact boxing training or the traditional therapeutic exercise program for 36 sessions lasting over 12 weeks with 60-90 minutes of exercise each session. Participants will be measured immediately before (pre-test) and after (post-test) the intervention period.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01014663
|United States, Indiana|
|University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy|
|Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46227|
|Principal Investigator:||Stephanie A Combs, PT, PhD, NCS||University of Indianapolis|
|Principal Investigator:||Dyer M Diehl, PT, PhD||University of Indianapolis|
|Principal Investigator:||William H Staples, PT, DPT, GCS||University of Indianapolis|