Parkinson’s researcher, clinician featured in profile on patient boxing program
Xuemei Huang, MD, PhD, distinguished professor of neurology, pharmacology, neurosurgery and kinesiology at Penn State College of Medicine and director of the Translational Brain Research Center, recently spoke about the potential benefits of patients getting involved with Rock Steady Boxing, a non-contact boxing program that provides Parkinson’s patients with a way to manage symptoms and find fellowship and hope.
“What’s unique for Rock Steady Boxing is that it’s devoted to Parkinson’s patients for their particular challenges,” Huang told The BURG, Greater Harrisburg’s Community Magazine.
Programs such as Rock Steady Boxing may provide tools to help patients overcome the loneliness of a Parkinson’s diagnosis, Huang said. Younger patients see older patients who are doing well. Older patients see younger peers they may be able to help.
“That community, trying to lift each other up, that’s what I’m thinking the Rock Steady Boxing provides, more than that physical part,” Huang told The BURG.
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