People with Parkinson disease (PD) are at high risk of falling. Falls often occur when people cross an obstacle or do something else while walking. This study looked at what happens when people with PD cross over an obstacle when they are listening to music. We found obstacle-crossing speeds to be slower with music. This result may be because music distracts people from thinking about crossing the obstacle. With practice, however, walking with music may help patients with PD during obstacle crossing. We stress the need for practice and caution should patients choose to walk with music.
Volume 47 Number 3, 2010
Pages 225 — 232
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