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September 16, 2023 @ 1:26 PM

Duh!!  PARS can do more reporting and analysis when PARS has more member gyms, trained coaches & active boxers with multiple PARS assessments...  Bottom line: reliable data.

Pre-PARS data is assessment information input from the traditional paper forms.  There are reliability problems including inconsistent time between assessments, inconsistent commitment to doing assessments between gyms and even coaches, Some gyms did not use the PDQ and some coaches used the BERG or Mini-BEST instead of the Fullerton.  There are problems with legibility, missing data, unknown abbreviations and information written in the margins.  In many cases, this data is all there is to work with and usually some data is better than none......

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September 15, 2023 @ 2:06 PM

Boxers with Parkinson’s assessment tests and insights are designed for the practical use in measuring the functional progression of physical capabilities and limitations in people with Parkinson’s in a typical Rock Steady Boxing environment when administered regardless of whether the administrator is a medical personnel such as a physical therapist or by a non-medical RSB coach... using your "Coach Intelligence". 

However, to serve the boxer and their family, the results, reports and insights need to be straight forward and meaningful to people with no medical training using “Boxer Common Sense”.

The primary goals in the development of PARS were to:

  • Migrate the RSB assessment process from paper ......
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September 14, 2023 @ 1:49 PM

In a perfect world, the RSB / BwP assessment process would be standardized, predictable, unform, consistent and there would be no variables.  However, the good news is that we do not live in a perfect world.  So, when it comes to assessments within the RSB network, we need to recognize the variables we have no control over.

Rock Steady Boxing HQ:  Sixteen years ago, Rock Steady Boxing choose 4 widely accepted assessment tools to be administered at each new boxer intake and again at 6-month intervals.  The main objective was to assist RSB coaches in determining the correct placement of boxers in RSB workout groups… levels 1 & 2 or 3 & 4.  Knowing each boxer’s capabilities and limitations would ......

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September 11, 2023 @ 10:40 PM

As boxers with Parkinson's, and as coaches, we understand Even is Winning! A 70 year old person with PD who is also aging, both degenerative conditions, just wants to stay even!

BwP has to decide what is "even".  As an example, for the TUG, is 8.3 seconds really better than 8.4 seconds?  And is 8.4 seconds really slower than 8.3 seconds?  If you did 2 TUGS back-to-back, you would get different times.  They would not be exactly the same.  If you allow boxers to do the TUG more than once, wouldn't they naturally dial their time in?  Did the boxer really slow down or speed up in less than a minute?  Certainly, their times would be slightly different 6 months apart even if nothing ......

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September 6, 2023 @ 11:04 PM

As coaches, we all recognize when a boxer surprises us during an assessment compared to what we see in their daily workouts.  We call this the Superman Affect.  Usually highly competitive men.  Surprise.

The FAB 8, TUG & S2S take about 30 seconds each.  That's 5 minutes.  Anybody can be Superman for 5 minutes!  But they could never keep it up all day... that would be exhausting!  But for 5 minutes?

To be evaluated over time and over many more boxers and assessments, it may turn out that for a specific boxer, if their personality drives them to be their best Superman for every assessment, as long as they are comparing Superman assessment against Superman assessment, then any improvements or ......

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September 4, 2023 @ 11:38 PM

BwP has been asked where we get our authority to score the assessment tests using our own scoring algorithm and even create new insights come from?  Is what we do evidence based?  Validated by academics?  How can we be so arrogant?

BwP starts with the tools themselves.  In one sense they are evidence based and validated.  In another sense they are overly simple, obsolete or stale by age and technology.  

PARS doesn't really invent anything new... all our insights are calculations a coach can do with a pencil, calculator and paper.  PARS just provides fresh eyes in looking at the PDQ, FAB, TUG & S2S data and asks what does it all mean?  

We use Coach Intelligence to determine if ......

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