Gait dysfunction is a disabling symptom associated with Parkinson's disease (PD), negatively affecting participation and quality of life. Increasing gait velocity is a common rehabilitation goal for persons with PD, as it is associated with reduced fall risk, increased independence with daily activities, and decreased mortality [
]. While cycling interventions have been shown to improve gait velocity, the biomechanical mechanisms associated with change in walking speed have not been systematically evaluated. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of an 8-week aerobic cycling intervention on changes in biomechanical characteristics of gait and motor symptoms in persons with PD. We hypothesized that the intensive aerobic cycling intervention would induce increased gait velocity accompanied by improvements in locomotor control and diminished motor symptoms.
- Tiihonen M.
- Westner B.U.
- Butz M.
- Dalal S.S.
Parkinson's disease patients benefit from bicycling - a systematic review and meta-analysis.
NPJ Parkinsons Dis. 2021; 7: 86
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Published online: October 14, 2022
Accepted: October 9, 2022
Received in revised form: September 28, 2022
Received: July 19, 2022
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