Punching Out the Effects of Parkinson's Disease

Author ORCID Identifier

Casey E. Humphrey ORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8760-5050


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Document Type

Conference Presentation

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Objectives: 1. Participants will obtain a basic understanding of the available literature that addresses the impact of non-contact boxing on individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. 2. Participants will gain an awareness of the current and ongoing research that is being conducted on the topic of boxing and Parkinson’s Disease. 3. Participants will obtain a basic understanding of the potential benefits of utilizing the occupation of boxing as an intervention for symptom management within the Parkinson’s Disease population.

Abstract: This presentation will highlight the previous, current, and ongoing research that addresses the impact of boxing on the lives of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The ability to engage in social and community activities, based on the successful management of PD symptomology, plays a pivotal role in quality of life (Dauwerse, Hendrikx, Schipper, Struiksma, & Abma, 2014). However, there is no research that considers how individuals with PD perceive non-contact boxing to impact their social and community engagement. The author developed a phenomenological study to address this gap in literature. The study design, methods, and results will be discussed. This study will increase understanding of how individuals with PD perceive the occupation of boxing and will allow practitioners to gain insight into how to use this occupation as a tool for PD symptom management and improved quality of life.

Conference Name

EKU 12th Annual OT Research Day