Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory
The goal of our research program is to understand how the human nervous system controls powerful muscle contractions and fast movements and how this control is affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD), aging and exercise. We wish to develop the scientific basis for exercise practices to increase mechanical power and improve mobility in people with PD and older adults.
Shake it Off, a local nonprofit with the mission of supporting the science and practice of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease, has been funding research at the University of Delaware since 2013. The organization approached Chris Knight, associate professor in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, to offer a donation to continue the development of the Speed Geezer exercise program. Students lead small groups of people with Parkinson’s through a 4-6 week exercise program to help them combat the effects of the disease.