A recent study by Ilg et al examined the effectiveness of a 4-week intensive coordinative training for 16 patients with progressive ataxia (4 participants had Friedreich’s Ataxia). Significant improvements in motor performance and a reduction of ataxia symptoms were observed in clinical scores after training and were sustained at follow-up assessment.
The study concludes that ‘coordinative training improves motor performance and reduces ataxia symptoms, enabling them to achieve personally meaningful goals in everyday life‘ . It recommends that this intensive training should become standard of care.
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