Rock Steady Boxing (RSB)
What is Rock Steady Boxing?
Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing class designed specifically for those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that has no cure. For some unknown reason, the brain begins a decline in production of a neurotransmitter called "dopamine" which is responsible for brain-to-muscle communication. The result is a loss of motor and non-motor function.
Current treatments for PD include medication, surgical treatment and lifestyle changes (exercise, diet and emotional support). There are several medications that can temporally relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's, but exercise is the only treatment that has actually been medically proven to slow the progression of PD.
Why Rock Steady Boxing?
Several medical studies on exercise and Parkinson's have concluded that forced intense exercise can slow the progression of Parkinson's. In other words, when exercise is done at a volunteer rate, there is less benefit than when exercise is done that pushes or forces someone out of their comfort zone.
ESPN ranks Boxing as the most intense form of training, in terms of degree of difficulty compared to 60 other sports. If "forced intense" exercise is the proven form of exercise for people with Parkinson's, then boxing is a good fit.
Boxers undergo a diverse training regimen to achieve the optimal body control it takes to be a good fighter.
Boxers train to improve:
• Hand-eye coordination
• Speed of movement
• Muscle Power
• Mental focus
All of these things happen to be issues for people with Parkinson's. So instead of focusing on the specific symptoms of Parkinson's, people can learn a new skill that is fun and a good stress reliever while addressing many of the symptoms of Parkinson's.
RSB at the SBC Healthplex
Our RSB Coaches completed intensive training and certification that assures them an understanding of Parkinson's disease and the benefits of RSB style boxing.
Rock Steady Boxing is designed to be modified for all levels of Parkinson's. Currently, SBC Healthplex is offering a RSB class for those in the earlier stages of PD. Those with interest will sign up for the 'Onboarding Process' where they will complete an assessment with a certified therapist to determine if Rock Steady Boxing is a right fit.
Rock Steady Boxing Coaches