A Novel Boot Camp Program to Help Guide Personalized Exercise in People with Parkinson Disease

J Pers Med. 2021 Sep 20;11(9):938. doi: 10.3390/jpm11090938.


Given the variety of exercise programs available for people with Parkinson's disease (PD), such individuals may struggle to make decisions about what exercise to perform. The objective of this study was to assess the usefulness, satisfaction, and preferences regarding participation in a PD-personalized educational and exercise boot camp program. Attendees participated in a four-day program consisting of exercise sessions, workshops, and social activities. We collected demographic and clinical information. We assessed satisfaction and preferences immediately after. At one-month follow-up, participants assessed usefulness and changes in exercise habits. Eight individuals diagnosed with PD, with a mean age of 59.5 ± 6.8 years, participated. All participants felt "very satisfied" and likely to attend future events. The two favorite sessions were: cognitive stepping and dance-based movements. At one-month follow-up, participants considered the program "very useful" and reported changes in their exercise routine. Our results suggest that the boot camp program was considered useful and capable of influencing participants' exercise habits.

Keywords: Parkinson disease; boot camp; clinical exercise; exercise prescription; personalized medicine; physiotherapy.