Parkinson's Pro

by Tim Webster


Scheme of Work – Parkinson’s Pro


Course Aims and Objectives:

To explain how to work with Parkinson’s patients.  

To outline a portfolio of drills to be used with Parkinson’s patients.
To explain the role of neuroplasticity and how to use it.
To provide a range of tests and assessments that can be used with PD patients


Intended Learning Outcomes:


Having completed the course students will be able to: 1. Work with Parkinson’s patients individually.
Create an effective circuit for group work.
Set and measure PD-specific goals.

 Respond to individual symptoms and challenges.



Module 1 Pathophysiology of Parkinson's Disease

The traditional model for managing Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease (PD) the most common form of disease has largely involved GPs, neurologists, physiotherapists or occupational therapists and PD Nurses, and the focus has generally been on medication and general exercise. But the growing emphasis on neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to make new neural pathways given the right stimulus) means that trained exercise professionals now have a key role to play in helping PD sufferers to effectively manage the disease and maximise their quality of life. Right now, we have some excellent programmes largely driven by physiotherapists Parkinson’s Pro is written for exercise professionals by exercise professionals and it’s designed to bring the best of what our industry has to offer to the Parkinson’s equation. With this in mind, the outcomes you can expect from this course are as follows: 1. You w ill understand the key concepts that underpin the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease. 2. You will understand the concept of neuroplasticity and why it’s so important for PD. 3. You will be able to identify the primary symptoms of PD (both motor and non motor). 4. You will be aware of the main medications used to treat PD. 5. You will be able to create effective exercise programmes built around intensity, amplitude, complexity, accuracy and specificity that will make a significant difference to the lives of your PD clients.

Module 2 Motor Symptoms

In this module Tim discusses some of the common motor symptoms of Parkinsons disease like Bradykinesia, Hypokinesia & Akinesia, Ridgidity and Freezing.

Module 3 Non-Motor Symptoms

While the failure of some motor functions present PD patients with a number of issues, the non motor symptoms can be equally challenging to the point that PD is now considered to be a neuropsychological condition. In this module we delve into some of the non motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Module 4 Neuroplasticity

The Pit One of our clients talks very eloquently about how he felt when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s the Stages of Grief kicked in and how handled those emotions. You may also like to take a look at this video from Parkinson’s UK featuring four varying stories a round what it’s like to be told you have PD. In this module we discuss how the concept of neuroplasiticity can aid in understanding how exercise can help with the disease progression.

Module 5 Neuroplastic Training Principles

Neuroplastic Training Principles A general exercise programme is good and that’s what many PD patients have been given in the past but by now you will have realised that it’s not good enough to ameliorate the symptoms of Parkinson’s. In order to drive neuroadaptation and utilise that capacity, you need to factor specific neuroactive training principles into your programming.

Module 5 1 Foundation Drills.mp4

Module 6.1 Parkinson's Disease in Action

Module 6.2 Parkinson's Disease in Action- Part 2

Module 6.3 Parkinson's Disease in Action- Part 3

Module 7 Cuing & Coaching

Module 8 Testing & Assessing

Module 9.1 Circuits

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Course Info

Nov 29, 2021
All levels
$ 59.40