“The Parkinson’s it is a disease of the movement which is also contained in the movement”. Starting from this concept, the Limpe Foundation for Parkinson’s and the Limpe-Dismov Academy have drawn up a program of sporting events dedicated to people with Parkinson’s disease which will be made official on Wednesday 6 April, International Sports Day.
“There is swimming which allows the coordination of movements – explain the organizers – then comes golf where the arm becomes an extension of the mind and then sailing which with the air in the hair makes you forget the heaviness of the body” . The result is a sports proposal entirely dedicated to people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
In summer, the Parking golf circuit will begin, which includes 5 fundraising stages for scientific research, around Italy (Brindisi, Catania, Courmayeur, Milan, Rome) with free lessons for people with the disease Parkinson’s; in September, there will be the return of the Swimming for Parkinson’sswimming across the Strait of Messina, where patients, caregivers and neurologists will swim side by side defying the waters between Scilla and Cariddi and, finally, for the first time this year, the Foundation also supports sailing-related events ( Sail4Parkinson in the spring and the event “Le Vele per il Parkinson”).
Why this focus on sport?
“In recent years, many studies have shown that physical exercise is effective in people with Parkinson’s disease – explains Professor Leonardo Lopiano, president of the Limpe Foundation – because it can improve and delay the progression of symptoms related to motor skills. Moreover, the earlier an action is taken, the more likely it is to affect the progression of the disease. Adequate drug therapy and lifestyle, primarily nutrition, sports, and social relationships, can keep patients active and delay the onset and worsening of symptoms. All scientific studies therefore agree on improving and slowing the progression of motor symptoms and above all on improving the quality of life ”- concludes Lopiano.
Learning and practicing a sport makes it possible to acquire motor skills and, consequently, to increase the capacity to move which allow – among other things – to recover motor automatisms that the disease tends to reduce. “It’s an effective virtuous circle which, working on residual capacities, is capable not only of maintaining them but of developing them. In addition, the aspect of relaxation and pleasure that only sport can provide is not negligible. This combined with the notion of sociability and sharing could improve social relations between people with the same disease and in general in everyday life.