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CentraState is Encouraging People with Parkinson’s Disease to Fight Back

By |2020-04-07T10:27:29-04:00August 30th, 2017|

CentraState Medical Center is offering people living with Parkinson’s disease the unique program, Rock Steady Boxing—the first boxing program of its kind in the country. Founded in 2006 by former Marion County (Indiana) Prosecutor, Scott C. Newman, Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact, boxing-based fitness program to help empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year.

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Rock Steady Boxing is designed specifically for people with the degenerative movement disorder to help with motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. The program is tailored to the fitness levels of all stages of Parkinson’s—from newly diagnosed to those who’ve been living with it for years. The exercises in the program are adapted from boxing drills to help patients condition for agility, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination and overall strength—all rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the individual.

For more information about the Rock Steady Boxing program offered by The OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center at CentraState Medical Center, call 732-294-2700.

CentraState Healthcare System is a nonprofit community health organization consisting of an acute-care hospital, a health and wellness campus, three senior living communities, a Family Medicine Residency Program, and a charitable foundation. CentraState’s teaching program is sponsored by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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