Intersubjectivity and the meaning of Nordic Walking practice in the view of people with Parkinson’s disease

A pilot study

  • Veronica Jocasta Casarotto Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8774-3808
  • Milena Nardini Bubols Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), School of Health and Life Sciences, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5558-4985
  • Anelise Ineu Figueiredo Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7133-0432
  • Rafael Reimann Baptista Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1937-6393
  • Leonardo Alexandre Peyré-Tartaruga Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1742-5016
  • Régis Gemerasca Mestriner Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9837-1691
Keywords: Parkinson’s Disease, walking, perception, adaptation, psychological

Abstract

Aims: whilst Nordic Walking (NW) practice is spreading worldwide, few studies have addressed the issue of intersubjectivity and the perception of PD individuals practicing NW and its possible impact on their daily life across different countries and cultures. This pilot study sought to explore the possible relationship between the habit of practicing NW and the perception of functionality and quality of life in the participants’ cultural context. 
Methods: the focus group (FG) technique was used, with 10 individuals participating in a NW program. 
Results: content analysis revealed five main discourse categories: a) “NW benefits for people with PD”; b) “incorporation of the NW poles in daily life”; c) “Belonging to a NW group as a treatment aid”; d) “how PD people feel about their condition”; and, finally, e) “the present and the future: expectations and issues”. 
Conclusion: in general, NW was found to generates positive content regarding coping with PD, beyond the biomechanical and quantitative functional effects previously studied. We suggest NW might be an important adjuvant resource for improving perceived functionality among people with PD.

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Author Biographies

Veronica Jocasta Casarotto, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

PhD in Biomedical Gerontology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Milena Nardini Bubols, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), School of Health and Life Sciences, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

PhD in Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Anelise Ineu Figueiredo, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

PhD in Biomedical Gerontology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Rafael Reimann Baptista, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

PhD in Movement Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Professor and Researcher at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Leonardo Alexandre Peyré-Tartaruga, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

PhD in Movement Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Professor and Researcher at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Régis Gemerasca Mestriner, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

PhD in Biological Sciences: Physiology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Professor and Researcher at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

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Published
2022-07-08
How to Cite
Casarotto, V. J., Bubols, M. N., Figueiredo, A. I., Baptista, R. R., Peyré-Tartaruga, L. A., & Mestriner, R. G. (2022). Intersubjectivity and the meaning of Nordic Walking practice in the view of people with Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study. Scientia Medica, 32(1), e39969. https://doi.org/10.15448/1980-6108.2022.1.39969