June 9, 2020
Ohio Physical Therapy Association
Aerobic Exercise, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke
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.
Upon completion of the course, the attendee will be able to:
- Describe the potential mechanism underlying the neurophysiologic benefits of high intensity aerobic exercise in individuals with stroke and Parkinson’s disease based on animal and human models.
- Describe methodology associated with applying aerobic exercise as an antecedent to task practice.
- Discuss the motor and non-motor outcomes following a forced exercise and voluntary exercise paradigm in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and chronic stroke.
- Integrate methodology discussed in lecture to translate aerobic exercise intervention safely to the clinical environment.
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.
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- Alabama Chapter, APTA
- APTA of Maryland
- Arizona PTA
- Indiana Chapter, APTA
- MN BPT
- Montana Chapter, APTA
- Ohio PTA
- South Carolina PTA
How to Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.