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Cueing training in persons with Parkinson’s disease
  1. M A Hirsch,
  2. F M Hammond
  1. Carolinas Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 M A Hirsch
 Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation, 1100 Blythe Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA; mark.hirsch{at}

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A groundbreaking study challenges misconceptions about cueing training in Parkinson’s disease

The traditionally held belief about the treatment of patients with neurodegenerative conditions is that they cannot benefit from exercise training.2 For people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, it was feared that exercise would increase the underlying muscle tone. Exercise might worsen the condition and so was to be avoided.

The paper by Niewboer et al1(see p 134) challenges this assumption. It is groundbreaking in several important aspects. Firstly, with 153 participants, the study is the largest trial on gait training in Parkinson’s disease. Results from previous …

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