ORGANIZATION: APEX Physical Therapy and Movement Center
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Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) offers boxing-inspired fitness classes only to people with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s boxing classes are not appropriate for non-Parkinson’s persons who want to learn to box or intend to use the class time to work out for themselves. Volunteers are expected to assist RSB Coaches with welcoming our clients before class, helping with instruction / safety during class, and possibly (quick) cleaning following our group classes. Shifts (for a single class) are around 1.5 hours each. Classes are also designed to provide the volunteer to gain knowledge and experience assisting people with Parkinson’s disease. Volunteers will be assigned to classes as needed and as available. RSB has a maximum number of volunteers that can participate at the same time dependent upon the PD class level.
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About APEX Physical Therapy and Movement Center
5485 Mooretown Road, Suite E, Williamsburg, VA 23188, US
The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson's disease to fight back. In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson's disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinson's.
Various studies in the 1980's and 1990's supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense "forced" exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.
Our clients attest, and academic institutions are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers. There is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program.
5485 Mooretown RoadSuite EWilliamsburg, VA 23188
April 21, 2023
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- 1-3 hours per week (or more, when requested).