CLIMB UP, HEAD UP! Sport Climbing with Parkinson’s disease

The aim of the study is to scientifically investigate the effect of sport climbing on quality of life in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease (PD) in a holistic approach. The research team strongly believe, that sport climbing training in PD will complement the existing field of trainings therapy and will provide PD patients with new perspectives and the experience that no hurdle is too high to be insurmountable.

Eingereicht von: Dr. med. univ. Heidemarie Zach, Bakk.rer.nat
Firma/Universität: Medizinische Universität Wien – Univ. Klinik für Neurologie
Kooperationspartner: Sportstättenverein Marswiese

At times of an aging society, it is important to care about the elderly people with all their possible diseases and to improve therapy approaches. Hence it is necessary to show innovative training methods, such as sport climbing, to patients. - Heidemarie ZachEspecially people with chronic diseases, like Parkinson’s disease with prevalence of 200/100.000, any fears of apparently insurmountable hurdles should be erradicated. This would also serve as a positive example that nobody is too old to start following innovative new sports and will motivate also healthy people in any age group to stay active.

The societal benefit due to the research study is a holistic improvement of bio-psycho-social health regarding motor and non-motor effects through sport climbing in Parkinson’s patients. Worldwide the first time it will be proven, if sport climbing improves quality of life of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Even Parkinson’s patients can do sport climbing and are part of the society. After successful completion of the study, it is the mission of the research team, to introduce newly-gained knowledge in the society. The great objective is to implement sport climbing as a training therapeutic method into the health insurance scheme. Thus, medical doctors can prescribe sport climbing for Parkinson’s patients.

In order to achieve those objectives, a first-time worldwide scientific investigation of sport climbing in patients with PD is crucial.

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