Fighting Parkinson’s with the Sweet Science

A recent report by ABC news shows how boxing helps people suffering from Parkinson’s disease improve their quality of life. Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurological condition that severely reduces people’s quality of life. Deterioration of brain cells responsible for synthesizing the neurotransmitter dopamine causes tremors, deterioration of motor skills, coordination and balance.

Kristy Rose Follmar, formerly the No. 3-ranked boxer in her weight class and Golden Gloves champ Vince Perez started a boxing program for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. Participants in the program at the Rock Steady Gym in Indianapolis experienced less tremors and improvement in functional movement after several months of boxing training. The reduction in the participant’s symptoms that include anxiety and depression improved their quality of life significantly.

Newman, a member of the program says, “Every day the disease does not get worse, we win that round. We go to the corner and we wait for the bell for the next round.” Hopefully, Newman wins with a total knockout.