The link between Parkinson’s and boxing: Fighting off symptoms

A recent study found that boxers involved in a training program saw improvement in their Parkinson’s symptoms. (Image source: Fotosearch.com)
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A recent study found that boxers involved in a training program saw improvement in their Parkinson’s symptoms. (Image source: Fotosearch.com)

For people with Parkinson’s disease, a regimen of jab, cross and hook may help stave off symptoms. Boxing classes specifically for boxers with the disease are gaining momentum across the country. But what happens when Parkinson’s and boxing face off in the ring?

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological disorder. It causes your brain to produce less dopamine, which makes it harder for your body to coordinate movements and manage emotions. The movements and exercises in boxing require the boxers to overcome many of the limitations brought about by Parkinson’s.

A recent study found that boxers involved in a training program saw improvement in their Parkinson's symptoms. Click here to learn more about the connection between boxing and Parkinson's, as well as the classes that can aid in slowing the disease's progression.