Former NBA star launches free Parkinson’s exercise programme

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Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 30 August 2018

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A free online programme – ‘Exercise for Parkinson’s Training for Professionals’ – has been launched by the Brian Grant Foundation to help fitness professionals deliver exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s


The Brian Grant Foundation – founded by former NBA star Brian Grant – has launched a free online exercise programme for fitness professionals who work with people with Parkinson’s.

‘Exercise for Parkinson’s Training for Professionals’ aims to equip physical therapists, personal trainers and group fitness instructors with the skills they need to develop exercise classes that are safe and effective for those living with the condition.

The new programme has been developed using research from the Oregon Health & Science University, US, which suggests physical and cognitive activities may improve mobility in people with Parkinson’s. In addition, it is believed exercise may also improve non-motor symptoms such as depression and apathy.

The course consists of 12 lessons, including webinars from medical professionals and video tutorials teaching exercise classes such as boxing, tai chi and yoga.

Discussing the new initiative Brian Grant, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2008, said: “After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I looked for ways to combat the symptoms that I was experiencing while keeping my physical abilities as long as possible.

“I learned the importance of staying flexible, keeping good posture and practicing specific movements to address symptoms of the disease.”

The Brian Grant Foundation is recognised by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Athletics and Fitness Association of America as an ‘Approved Continuing Education Provider’. After completing the exercise course, participants receive a certificate and a training manual summarising the main topics of the programme.

For more information on the resources and how to register please visit the Brian Grant Foundation website.

For more information on how a healthy lifestyle can help those living with Parkinson’s please visit the EPDA website.


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