PARKINSON’S

CLUB SWINGING FOR PARKINSON'S PATIENTS

In 2018, Heroic Sport teamed up with the local Parkinson’s foundation to create the first study into the effects of Indian club swinging for patients affected by Parkinson’s.

 

Health professionals were involved in the project. An independent physiotherapist came to perform tests before and after the 6 week training period. A nurse conducted qualitative interviews. She went on to write a bachelor project about the whole project.

COULD CLUB SWINGING IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE?

The Parkinson’s foundations of Southern Denmark and Northern Germany were granted funding through a Cross Border Interreg project. They were keen to introduce Indian club swinging  as a new training form to their members.

The project had 2 main goals:

  • physical activity using a new form of training for people with similar conditions
  • developing friendship and understanding of another culture

Club swinging was once used to train warriors, but this time it was used to unite people and cultures rather than to divide. 

The social aspect of training played an important role for the participants. They all reported how important it was to have a supporting partner, friend or family member involved in the project.

Indian clubs for Parkinson's banner

THE TRAINING PROGRAM (click here to view)

Heroic Sport devised a 6 week training program to improve coordination, body control, strength and balance.

Participants attended 1 live instruction session a week. The rest of the time they trained at home by following our video tutorials
The goal was to accumulate 60 minutes of actual training time a week, performing the 10 exercises of the program.

The Pahlavandle™ was chosen over conventional wooden Indian clubs because of 3 important points:

  • Safety

  • Adjustable weight

  • Portability

Small weights were also inserted in the handles to create a sound and vibration to help with focus and stimulate grip strength.

COMMENTS FROM THE PARTICIPANTS

– It motivated me to take control over the training process.
– I am less stiff in my arms and shoulders.
– I can reach the top shelf in my kitchen for the first time in 5 years.
– A good process, I’ll continue at home with the training.
– My fitness has been improved, I’ve also strengthened my muscles.
– The whole project was good.
– Training with others are very motivating, and creates friendship.
– We had a good time training with the pahlavandle.
– It sparked interest in alternative training methods and Indian clubs.
– We had a safe environment to test the new exercises.

THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY

As with any study, some participants fell from the project due to unexpected circumstances. Here is the data the physiotherapist could use to present the results.

Participants: 12
Average age: 68
Average years of having Parkinson’s: 9
Average total training time per week: 25-140 minutes

THE TESTS

Push and Release (P&R)
This exercise focuses on maintaining balance when support of the back is being removed suddenly.
The fewer steps required for maintaining balance, the better. 0 steps required is best, while 4 is the worst.
Improvement after 6 weeks of training with Indian clubs = 50%

Timed get up and go (TUG)
This exercises focuses on standing up from a chair, walk  at normal speed toward a cone, 3 meters away. Time is measured with stopwatch. No requirement of speed, as long as it’s normal pace.
Improvement after 6 weeks of training with Indian clubs = 1,81 seconds / 1,8%

Sit to stand (STS)
The exercise consists of sitting and getting up from a chair 5 times. The exercise has to be done as quick as possible. Time is measured with stopwatch. The focus on this exercise is speed, and the shorter the time the better.
Improvement after 6 weeks of training with Indian clubs = 39,83 seconds / 27% (Biggest improvement = 50,2% | Lowest improvement = 3,2%)