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Free online Parkinson’s training for exercise providers

Wednesday 28 July 2021 – Parkinson’s UK has launched free online training for exercise and physical activity providers who want to learn more about Parkinson’s and the importance of staying active when living with the condition.

Parkinson’s: physical activity and exercise is an inclusive, entry-level course that aims to increase knowledge about the condition, as well as to teach providers how to deliver Parkinson’s appropriate exercises.

The two-hour course covers:

  • Recognising Parkinson’s symptoms.

  • How Parkinson’s is diagnosed and managed.

  • Why it is important for people with Parkinson’s to be active.

  • The barriers people with Parkinson’s face to staying active, and motivators.

  • How to apply this knowledge to make physical activity and exercise more accessible for people with the condition.

Anna Castiaux, Physical Activity and Exercise Project Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“We know that just 2.5 hours of exercise a week can slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms, and for many people, it can be just as important as medication for managing the condition.

“That’s why it’s so important that people with Parkinson’s feel confident taking part in physical activity – and knowing their exercise and physical activity provider is knowledgeable about the condition is a vital part of that.”

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety, though it affects everyone differently.

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through pioneering research, information, support and campaigning.

To sign up to the course, visit: