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Parkinson's Disease: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Exercise Intervention

Bollinger, Lance M. MA1; Cowan, Celsi E. BS2; LaFontaine, Thomas P. PhD3

Section Editor(s): Ronai, Peter MS, RCEP, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 2 - p 50–54
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182441afd
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SUMMARY: PARKINSON'S DISEASE (PD) IS 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.

1Kinesiology Department, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

2Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

3University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

The Special Populations Column provides personal trainers who work with apparently healthy or medically cleared special populations with scientifically supported background information.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Peter Ronai, MS, RCEP, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT

Lance M. Bollinger is pursuing a PhD in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science at East Carolina University.

Celsi E. Cowan is a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri and the graduate assistant at Optimus: The Center for Health.

Thomas P. LaFontaine is a clinical exercise physiologist and personal health and fitness mentor at Optimus: The Center for Health.

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