University of Lethbridge Seeking Participants for a Skating Research Study

March 2, 2015


Exercise is showing great promise for neuroprotection and neurotherapy amongst people living with Parkinson disease.  Exciting new options are under detailed scientific study, including bike riding, boxing, and many others.  Researchers at the University of Lethbridge are examining the feasibility and potential of ice skating and stick-handling as exercise neuropathy amongst people living with Parkinson disease.

Who is eligible to participate in the study?

Both male and female Parkinson's patients of any age are eligible to participate.  Volunteers must be:

  • Clinically diagnosed with Parkinson disease
  • Experienced (but not expert) at skating on ice
    All participants will need to wear CSA approved helmets for skating; additional protective padding can be provided
  • On a stable medication regimen, or un-medicated
  • Free of dementia, or other neurological diagnoses besides PD

What is required of the participants?

Participants will be required to make one 75 minute visit to Mill Woods ice rink (7207 - 28 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB) where a private ice session is booked.  During that session participants will do some walking, straight line skating, and some simple stick handling.  Measures will also be made of walking and skating performance, along with some simple clinical tests of balance and upper extremity function.


The study will take place on Friday, March 13, 2015, between 10:30am and 1:30pm at Mill Woods Arena (7207 - 28 Ave NW, Edmonton).  For more a more casual version of the study information please CLICK HERE and to review the research study in more detail CLICK HERE.

To learn more information or to volunteer for this study, please contact Dr. Jon Doan via phone (403-332-5208) or via email (


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