Research: kick-boxing again

Epub: Jackson et al. A Group Kickboxing Program for Improving Balance, Mobility, and Quality of Life in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2012.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Balance and mobility impairments are common in individuals with MS. The primary purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of a 5-week group kickboxing program and to measure changes in balance, mobility, and quality of life in in MSers associated with this training.

METHODS: This single-group repeated-measures study involved a convenience sample of 15 MSers who had minimal to moderate levels of disability and were recruited from the community. Eleven participants completed all phases of testing and training. The intervention was a 5-week group kickboxing program performed 3 times per week. Outcome measures were assessed 5 weeks prior to the intervention, 1 week prior to the intervention, and within 1 week of completing the intervention. Outcome measures include gait speed, Timed Up & Go test, Berg Balance Scale, Dynamic Gait Index, Mini-BESTest, Activities Specific Balance Confidence scale, and the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Survey.

RESULTS: There were significant improvements in gait speed, some clinical measures of balance, and balance confidence following the intervention but no changes were observed in health-related quality of life. There were no unanticipated adverse events and compliance was high.

CONCLUSION: Group kick-boxing appears to be a feasible exercise activity for MSers that may lead to improvement in select measures of balance and mobility. However, the clinical relevance of these findings is yet to be determined.

“We have posted about kick boxing before!”

“A lot if cynics are not interested in this kind of research; however if you did the kind of clinic I did yesterday you would be very interested in this study. Once you become disabled anything that improves your day-to-day functioning can have a major impact on your quality of life; this includes balance and physical fitness.”

2 thoughts on “Research: kick-boxing again”

  1. Use it or loose it…But I would recomend Taijiquan (Tai-Chi Chuan )more than Kickboxing.

  2. I personally have found Ashtanga Yoga and wearing MBT shoes (Massai Barefoot Technology) have really, really helped.

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