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The Role of a Physical Therapist in PD

Written by Amy Morse, PT, DPT With all of the information out regarding exercise and PD, it can be confusing to understand where a Physical Therapist (PT) fits in. A PT specializes in movement and should become a part of the allied health team immediately following diagnosis. A PD-specialized PT will use research-based principles to driveRead More »

The Exercise Files: A Fight Worth a Good Punch

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Stephanie Combs-Miller, PT, PhD, NCS, ia board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy, educator and researcher at University of Indianapolis. Dr. Combs-Miller has collaborated with Rock Steady Boxing for the past 10 years to build the community-based partnership and to conduct research on the effects of boxing training for peopleRead More »

Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award: Nominate Your Fellow Gladiator!

PD Gladiators is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award. The tribute will be granted annually to a person living with Parkinson’s disease who has combated PD with hard work, dedication and perseverance–traits exhibited by Paul Delgado, the recently-retired founder of the Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PDRead More »


By John Tabellione While the closing of Delgado Boxing & Fitness marks the end of an era for owner Paul Delgado, he has built a legacy that will endure beyond bricks and mortar. During the course of searching for multiple adjectives and synonyms to describe Delgado’s engaging personality and multiple accomplishments, the origins of hisRead More »

The Fantastic Five Take PD Gladiators By Storm!

Next Generation of Doctors Learning About PD From You Lean, young and confident, they strode onto the floor at Delgado Boxing in a (presumably) unintended V-formation, reminiscent of a tribe of newly-minted superheroes. But “The Fantastic Five,” as I have since dubbed them, are mere mortals seeking to understand how those of us struggling withRead More »

Honored to Be a Gladiator

Hello fellow Gladiators! I’m honored to join this amazing group of people and look forward to getting to know you over the next few months as I visit your classes, hear more about your experiences and what I can do to better support your valiant efforts to fight Parkinson’s disease (PD). A little about meRead More »

LDBF-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD Class Included in NEUROLOGY NOW current issue

The Oct/Nov issue of NEUROLOGY NOW, a publication of the American Academy of Neurology, features an article on boxing programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and how they help fight PD. Paul Delgado, the head trainer of our LDBF-PD Gladiators boxing program, is quoted extensively. The article can be viewed online here:

PD Gladiators Names Annie Long Associate Director

PD Gladiators is pleased to announce that Annie Long will serve as its new associate director effective October 2, 2017. Long brings a decade of nonprofit experience to PD Gladiators, including executive experience as the National Manager, Signature Events for the National Parkinson Foundation. As associate director, she will be responsible for PD Gladiators’ program-relatedRead More »

PD Gladiators Featured on AIB-TV’s “Life Plus”

From AIB-TV: “Find out how boxing and dance help people living with Parkinson’s Disease thrive through the no-holds-barred work out through PD Gladiators.” This episode of Life Plus first aired on AIB-TV on September 28th. The story editor, Audrey Galex, nails what we’re all about: strength, honor, hope and friendship.  

The Exercise Files: An Interview with the Founders of Israel’s “Dance Through Life” Program

I recently had the great pleasure of lecturing and teaching adapted tango workshops for people with PD, caregivers and physical therapists in Tel Aviv, Israel! Yulia Gamerman and Rita Elimelsh invited me to come work with their patients and colleagues and I got to see their thriving physical activity for people with PD– which happensRead More »