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September 16, 2020 @ 12:36 AM

There are four types of assessment scripts in the BwP app:  1) initial intake assessment; 2) Inputting an existing boxer from their original intake paper forms; 3) A new assessment for an active boxer; and, 4) follow-on assessments for existing boxers from the paper forms.

First let's talk about the overall boxer information.  The app includes several general boxer information sections:  Personal, emergency, medications, general health and heart conditions.  Then there is a record of their intake assessment and all follow-on assessments.  This includes tracking symptoms, quality of life (PDQ), Fullerton, TUG, and Sit-to-Stand plus a special module to track other exercise programs such as walking/hiking, tai chi...

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September 14, 2020 @ 7:44 AM

I was confused.  Very confused.  After doing an intake assessment, I didn't know what it all meant.  And I was supposed to explain things to my Boxers.  I was supposed to be the expert.  The tests meant nothing to them..

The PDQ has 39 questions scored from Always to Never.  Always is bad and never is good.  The FAB has 10 tests scored from 0 to 4 so 40 was a perfect score.  The TUG is measured in seconds and everyone has an 8-second target.  And the Sit-to-Stand counts repetitions with a scoring matrix by gender and age.  There isn't an overall score to tell a Boxer where they are and certainly no way for a Boxer to tell their family or neurologist how they are doing.  .........

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September 11, 2020 @ 10:54 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench in the works.  Everything is different coming out of the pandemic.  And we won't know all the ways it will impact us for months.  But, here is what we know or at least suspect at this time.

  • For the Boxers in the pre-Covid study, the break of 6 +/- months creates a situation where their pre-covid assessments will have to stand alone and they will have to do a new, baseline assessment when they return.  Using only pre-Covid assessments, mmany pre-app paper-based assessments, we will see one picture of boxing as exercise therapy for PD.  As we add new members using their paper-based intake and assessments, pre-Covid data will actually continue to increase.
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