Parkinson’s Boxing (PBX) was developed in America in 2006. Since a few years it has begun to become more popular in the Netherlands as well. That is not that strange, because sadly more and more people are being diagnosed with Parkinson’s as well as being diagnosed earlier in life.
PBX reduces the symptoms more than other sports. In addition, it slows the progression of the disease and according to the majority of the participants, it helps enormously to perform all kinds of tasks better, it improves the overall functionality.
How is that possible?
Boxing is a complex sport. A boxer has to punch, step, respond, anticipate and think ahead at the same time, but also perform hand-eye coordination combined with footwork. This all happens in a very short period of time, after all, delivering a punch and/or dodging a punch only takes a fraction of a second and is immediately followed up with another action. That is a lot at the same time for our brains, which is why boxing is not only physical but also great brain training.
What exactly is PBX?
PBX is a non-contact form of boxing. We work out together, but we do not punch the head or body. During the lessons the focus is on coordination, strength, balance, motor skills and boxing technique. Many double tasks are performed (and especially these are difficult with Parkinson’s), attention is being paid to making long movements, but also to speech.
Stagnation means decline. With Parkinson’s you have to fight back more than ever in order to maintain your quality of life. PBX is ideal for this! In addition, participants experience that it is pleasant to exercise with others who are in the same boat, there is a pleasant atmosphere and in addition to the trainer, the participants also encourage each other to give it their best..