Thursday, 5 January 2017



One hears little nowadays about 'CE research'. One does see empirical studies in analogous activities that offer supportive insights when considering aspects of Conduction Education, and offer potentially useful models for future investigation closer to home.

Lisa Gombinsky runs Counterpunch (Rock Steady classes in non-contact boxing for people with Parkinson's):

She writes to tell me of an article in the recent issue of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

It tells me that my gut [feeling] is right, and confirms that what I'm doing with my boxing groups and what I do in my conductive groups is really just different flavours of the same ice cream because not only do people get essentially the same psychosocial benefits, but even in the face of a deteriorating physical condition and a degenerative condition these psychosocial benefits prevail. It is refreshing to see a study looking at this alone without the use of traditional physiotherapy / OT measures – it shows that there is a place for this conversation academically – sport psychology!

I will definitely use this in my Coach training – I'd say as pre-reading but in reality it needs a good catchy summary – not easy reading for a non-academic cohort.

Here is the article's formal academic summary, as published –

People with Parkinson's disease (PD) may experience declining function and limited interaction with others with PD. Group exercise provides opportunities for physical accomplishment and social support, as well as potential social challenges. We used interpretative phenomenological analysis to examine experiences of social comparison, social support, and self-perceptions of 20 people with PD in group exercise. Participants experienced (a) reticence evolving to inspiration, (b) anxiety relief through camaraderie and breaking taboos, and (c) maintaining athletic identity through participating and helping others. Practical implications include facilitating a safe space and support to alleviate anxiety and sustain participation.

It would be nice to read more but the full article lies behind a high price-wall, too high that is except to institutions or professionals with serious relevant concerns.

Thank you Lisa for sharing this. Keep up the good fight.


Sheehy, T. L., McDonough, M. H., Zauber, E, (2016) Social comparisons, social support, and self-perceptions in group exercise for people with Parkinson's disease, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, on line

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