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LSVT BIG Recommended Readings

Below are links to download some readings that we encourage you read before the course begins. While these are not required readings, they will prime you for material and concepts that will be covered during the course and serve as a resource for review after the course.

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1. Comparing exercise in Parkinson's disease--the Berlin LSVT® BIG study

Ebersbach, G., Ebersbach, A., Edler, D., Kaufhold, O., Kusch, M., Kupsch, A., & Wissel, J. (2010). Comparing exercise in Parkinson's disease--the Berlin LSVT® BIG study. Movement Disorders, 25(12), 1902-8.

This study was the first randomized trial comparing LSVT BIG to alternative treatment protocols (Nordic walking and Home exercise).  These data provide initial evidence for the impact of LSVT BIG on a range of motor outcomes. 

2. LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG: Behavioral Treatment Programs for Speech and Body Movement in Parkinson Disease

Fox, C., Ebersbach, G., Ramig, L., & Sapir, S. (2012). LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG: Behavioral Treatment Programs for Speech and Body Movement in Parkinson Disease. Parkinson’s Disease, 2012, 391946. http://doi.org/10.1155/2012/391946

This review paper covers key treatment concepts of LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG.  It provides a conceptual framework for how LSVT protocols address motor, sensory and cognitive challenges for people with Parkinson disease.

3. Training BIG to move faster: the application of the speed-amplitude relation as a rehabilitation strategy for people with Parkinson's disease.

Farley, B.G., & Koshland, G.F. (2005). Training BIG to move faster: the application of the speed-amplitude relation as a rehabilitation strategy for people with Parkinson's disease. Experimental Brain Research, 167(3), 462-7.

This study examines the impact of training amplitude (LSVT BIG – called “Training BIG” in the article) on speed of arm movements during reaching and gait speed. 

4. Science and Practice of LSVT/LOUD: Neural plasticity-principled approach to treating individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders.

Fox, C., Ramig, L., Ciucci, M., Sapir, S., McFarland, D.H.., & Farley, B. (2006). Science and Practice of LSVT/LOUD: Neural plasticity-principled approach to treating individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders. Seminars in Speech and Language, 27, 283-299.

This review paper nicely highlights key principles that drive activity dependent neuroplasticity.  These principles are defined and how they are incorporated into LSVT LOUD are described in detail.