A free online training program is available to aid in developing exercise classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The Exercise for Parkinson’s Training for Professionals program, launched by the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF), is based on research from Oregon Health & Science University’s Balance Disorders Laboratory, which shows how to slow down the mobility problems associated with Parkinson’s using a variety of physical and cognitive activities, according to a media release from Brian Grant Foundation.

“After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I looked for ways to combat the symptoms that I was experiencing while keeping my physical abilities as long as possible,” says Brian Grant, former NBA player and BGF founder. “I learned the importance of staying flexible, keeping good posture and practicing specific movements to address symptoms of the disease.”

During the program, instructors will learn how to safely and effectively train people with Parkinson’s using activities that offer the greatest benefits for symptoms. And most importantly, they’ll empower their clients to stay motivated, healthy and social by giving them the chance to work out with others who have Parkinson’s disease, the release continues.

Exercise professionals certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) will receive continuing education credit for completing the training.

For more information and to register, visit the Parkinson’s Training Center for Professionals on the Brian Grant Foundation website.

[Source(s): Brian Grant Foundation, PR Newswire]