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Asymmetrical Pedaling Patterns In Parkinson's Disease Patients., Amanda L. Penko, Joshua R. Hirsch, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, Philip E. Martin, Gordon Blackburn, Jay L. Alberts Dec 2014

Asymmetrical Pedaling Patterns In Parkinson's Disease Patients., Amanda L. Penko, Joshua R. Hirsch, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, Philip E. Martin, Gordon Blackburn, Jay L. Alberts

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Approximately 1.5 million Americans are affected by Parkinson's disease (Deponti et al., 2013) which includes the symptoms of postural instability and gait dysfunction. Currently, clinical evaluations of postural instability and gait dysfunction consist of a subjective rater assessment of gait patterns using items from the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale, and assessments can be insensitive to the effectiveness of medical interventions. Current research suggests the importance of cycling for Parkinson's disease patients, and while Parkinson's gait has been evaluated in previous studies, little is known about lower extremity control during cycling. The purpose of this ...