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LUNCH & LEARN WEBINAR: The Role of Aerobic Exercise in Improving Motor Outcomes Stroke/Parkinson's
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When: Tuesday, June 9
Noon to 1 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: Sara Davidson, PTA; Susan Lindner, PT, DPT, NCS; and Anson Rosenfeldt, PT, DPT, NCS, MBA
Contact: Patti Geary

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It is hypothesized that aerobic exercise (AE) temporarily increases levels of neurotransmitters and neurotrophic growth factors, enhancing neuroplasticity. It is theorized that this phenomenon could be exploited to improve motor outcomes in individuals with neurological disease. We have conducted several clinical trials examining the effects of intensive AE on motor recovery in Parkinson’s disease and stroke. The results of these trials have suggested that intensive AE may improve gait and upper extremity motor outcomes, in addition to modestly improving cardiovascular fitness. Improvements in global motor performance indicate that high intensity AE is likely enhancing central nervous system function. Importantly, the clinical rating improvements often persisted eight weeks after ending treatment. We will report the results of these studies, present a review of current literature, and discuss how to translate these encouraging findings into clinical practice.

This webinar is approved for 1 CEU, 20S1205.

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