Learn the WHY Behind Cycling Ohio for Parkinson’s


The Goal of Cycling Ohio for Parkinson’s

Cycling Ohio is a week long bike ride with the goal of bringing awareness to Parkinson’s Disease research. The state of Ohio has the biggest concentration of clinical sites for a Parkinson’s clinical trial that evaluates the effectiveness of exercise on patients living with the disease. This is called the SPARX3 clinical trial. The goal of Cycling Ohio is to bring connectivity between Ohio’s four regions of research and promote the possible benefits bicycle riding has to minimize the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.  

Exercise and Parkinson’s 

Jay L Alberts, PhD leads research at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute where the focus is to understand the effects of neurological disease (Parkinson’s) or injury (concussion) on motor and cognitive function and developing disease-specific treatments to improve performance. 

Professor Angela Ridgel is a neurobiologist and scientist researching the affect of exercise on Parkinson’s at Kent State University. Learn more by watching these two videos below. Kent State University is one of the participating regions in the Cycling Ohio for Parkinson’s event. 

SPARX3 Clinical Trial

The SPARX3 clinical research trial from Northwestern Medicine will test if high-intensity exercise is more effective in decreasing the signs of Parkinson’s disease in individuals who have not initiated medication for Parkinson’s. Listen to the podcast here for more information. 

About Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects control over your movements. Its motor symptoms are mainly caused by a decrease in the manufacturing of dopamine, a chemical that helps nerve cells in your brain communicate with each other. When dopamine is missing from certain areas of the brain, the messages that tell your body how to move are lost or distorted. This can lead to symptoms such as shaking, stiffness and slow movement. There’s no cure for Parkinson’s disease but proper treatment can help ease symptoms and allow you to live a full, active life.

• Nearly one million people will be living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the U.S. by 2020, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

• Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.

• More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.

• Over 7000 cases in the Cincinnati Metropolitan area

• The incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.

• Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.

List of resources for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

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Our Purpose: Together we will go further. 

Our Mission: Connecting people through the power of movement. 

Our Values:

  1. We inspire you to stretch beyond perceived limits to not just live but thrive.
  2. We encourage the miracle of movement.
  3. We care and have compassion.
  4. We persevere.
  5. We are committed to physical and mental quality of life.

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