Exploring Decisions to Undertake a Marathon and Adherence Challenges in a Novice Runner With Parkinson

RAMASWAMY, Bhanu and JOHNSON, Christian (2018). Exploring Decisions to Undertake a Marathon and Adherence Challenges in a Novice Runner With Parkinson. Journal of Patient Experience, 5 (2), 127-133.

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Evidence endorses the benefits of more vigorous exercise for people with Parkinson’s, particularly following diagnosis, yet is not clear which style is optimal. The authors share perspectives and decisions made as a physiotherapist (assisted by a sports and exercise science student) and a novice runner with Parkinson’s in his late 50s, respectively. The exercise goal chosen by the runner (the case report participant) to minimize the degenerative effects of the progressive condition was to complete a marathon. Methods: This coauthored report evaluates the participant’s progress utilizing physical fitness assessment data plus reflections on his training regime and notes from training diaries for the year before and after the marathon. Results: The participant received nutritional advice for weight management as exercise increased and physiotherapy for injuries from mounting activity level on Parkinsonian muscle tone. Fitness and function improved or were maintained (leg power, flexibility, timed functional walking, and balance). Most, however, returned to baseline within 6 months following the marathon as training intensity dropped. Conclusions: Physical function can be improved or maintained in individuals with neurodegenerative conditions with correct exercise and nutritional advice. The participant’s choice of running was based on recommendations for condition maintenance and not enjoyment, so adherence and completion of the marathon goal required professional, family, and technological support.

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Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/2374373517736759
Page Range: 127-133
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 09:24
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:21
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17582

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