Non-contact Boxing Training and Traditional Therapeutic Exercise for Persons With Parkinson's Disease

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University of Indianapolis
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01014663
First received: November 13, 2009
Last updated: June 6, 2011
Last verified: June 2011
  Purpose

The primary purpose of this study is to compare the effects of a non-traditional boxing training program to a traditional therapeutic exercise program on activity and participation outcomes in persons with Parkinson's disease. Thirty participants will be randomly assigned to participate in either non-contact boxing training or traditional therapeutic exercise for 36 sessions over 12 weeks. Participants will be measured immediately before (pre-test) and after (post-test) the intervention.


Condition Intervention Phase
Parkinson's Disease
Behavioral: Traditional Therapeutic Exercise
Behavioral: Non-Contact Boxing Training
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
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

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Further study details as provided by University of Indianapolis:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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). ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 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). ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 31
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: March 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.

Detailed Description:

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.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
  • currently not receiving physical therapy services
  • medically stable with a physician release stating approval to enter an exercise program
  • independently ambulatory in the home setting with or without the use of an assistive device
  • able to follow at least three step verbal commands
  • available for the entire period of the study
  • have transportation to and from training and measurement sessions

Exclusion Criteria:

  • preexisting neurological conditions other than Parkinson's disease
  • current musculoskeletal conditions that would limit participation in either training program
  • significant orthopedic surgery within the past six months
  • past brain surgery or brain stimulator implant
  • currently known pregnant
  • pre-existing cardiovascular conditioner that would prohibit participation in an exercise program
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01014663

Locations
United States, Indiana
University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46227
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Indianapolis
Investigators
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
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Stephanie Combs, PT, PhD, NCS, Univerisity of Indianapolis
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01014663     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EXB-01
Study First Received: November 13, 2009
Last Updated: June 6, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Indianapolis:
Parkinson's disease
exercise
training program
rehabilitation
boxing

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Parkinsonian Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 23, 2014