Community Exercise: A New Tool for Personalized Parkinson's Care or Just an Addition to Formal Care?

Author: Josefa Domingos1,2,3,4, John Dean3, Júlio Belo Fernandes1, João Massano4,5,6, Catarina Godinho1
1 Grupo de Patologia Médica, Nutrição e Exercício Clínico (PaMNEC) do Centro de Investigação Interdisciplinar Egas Moniz (CiiEM), Almada, Portugal.
2 Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
3 Triad Health AI, Aurora, CO, United States.
4 Young Parkies, Porto, Portugal.
5 Department of Neurology, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João, Porto, Portugal.
6 Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal.
Conference/Journal: Front Syst Neurosci
Date published: 2022 Jun 30
Other: Volume ID: 16 , Pages: 916237 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2022.916237. , Word Count: 113

Physiotherapy and exercise are associated with motor and non-motor benefits in Parkinson's disease (PD). Community exercise programs may increase ongoing exercise participation and help people with Parkinson's disease actively participate in their health management. But there is still limited knowledge about these programs regarding their benefits, safety, implications over the long-term, and effective implementation. These questions could hold relevant clinical implications. In this perspective article, we identify the current challenges and reflect upon potential solutions to help community exercise to be implemented as an additional anchor to personalize management models for Parkinson's disease.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; boxing; community exercise programs; dance; exercise; nordic walking; physiotherapy; tai chi.

PMID: 35844246 PMCID: PMC9280427 DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2022.916237