Knock Out Parkinson’s (KOP) is a therapeutic boxing program designed for individuals of varying ages diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The program was the result of a Capstone project developed by 2014 University of Toledo Occupational Therapy Doctorate student Rachel Lopez (Martinez). Since then the program has grown from four to over 50 participants living with Parkinson’s disease. The dynamic growth has been a collaborative effort between Coach Harry Cummins from the International Boxing Club (IBC) and Dr. Beth Ann Hatkevich, an occupational therapist and faculty member in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at The University of Toledo.
In April, there were so many great professional and college sports stories. These stories ranged from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships (Villanova winning on last-second shot) to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships (University of Connecticut winning fourth straight), the Masters (as always, final round drama) and the Golden State Warriors’ pursuit of the most wins in NBA single season history. What an amazing sports month, and I am sure I even missed a few more. As a coach and former athlete, what I find so amazing in these stories is what happens in “The Moment.”
It’s complicated. Many seniors have lived in their homes for many, many years. In most cases, it is the house where they raised their family. With years comes “stuff.” When it’s time to downsize, the “stuff” can be paralyzing and will actually prevent some seniors from shedding unneeded and unwanted items, causing them to stay in their homes. And while living independently is the goal for most people, that well-loved home might not be the safest place to be. Stairs, stuff, and tripping hazards can be deadly. Simplifying and downsizing are excellent goals for older persons, but what are some tips for success?
You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing children and adults wearing headphones or earbuds connected to some form of electronic device. People wear them while exercising, sitting at their work or school desks, walking on the sidewalk or street, and in their homes to hear music, podcasts, audiobooks, videogames, or the telephone. Some even wear them while sleeping to block out noise.
Running gives you a great workout that challenges both your body and your mind. When you cross the finish line in a race, your body is exhausted but your work is not over. After you exercise, you need to restore your body’s balance and power. Adhering to these post-race recovery tips will give you the edge for a more rapid recovery.