Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Sangwoo Lee

Second Advisor

Nicholas Hanson


According to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (ADPA), there are an estimated 1 million people in the U.S. living with Parkinson’s disease, and over 10 million people worldwide. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive movement disorder that is characterized by motor symptoms such as tremor and bradykinesia, as well as non-motor symptoms such as sleep problems, fatigue, and depression (ADPA, 2023). Currently, there are no treatments for Parkinson’s disease, however, several interventions have been determined to provide symptom relief, slow the rate of disease progression, and improve one’s quality of life. These interventions range from medication to exercise participation. Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is a non-contact boxing group fitness program designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (Larson, 2022). It has been proposed that RSB can improve the quality of life of its participants by improving physical functioning and fostering socialization and empowerment. The purpose of this study is to investigate both the physiological and psychological benefits of Rock Steady Boxing, and their implications for the management of Parkinson’s Disease. This literature review analyzes and draws upon the current research on Parkinson’s Disease, Rock Steady Boxing, and the benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s disease to draw conclusions about the actual benefits of the program, and to bring awareness to the topic. RSB is a newer program, and research is limited about its benefits and effectiveness, so this study will serve as a cohesive guide to the benefits and reported outcomes of the program’s participants. The goal of this study is to draw conclusions about the impact of Rock Steady Boxing on the management of Parkinson’s disease, and to educate the public on these findings.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access