'I have got to fight on': Ex-footballer on how sport helps his Parkinson's disease

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Tim Morton, Physical Activity Programme Manager from Parkinson’s UK, said: “People with Parkinson’s tell us that being active helps them live well with the condition, and improves both their physical and mental wellbeing.

“It can be just as important as medication when managing symptoms, and allows them to take control of their lives.”

Parkinson’s disease is when parts of the brain become damaged over many years, causing a loss of nerve cells in parts of the brain called substantia nigra. This causes a reduction in dopamine levels in the brain, which is important in regulating movement.

However, according to researchers, exercise can improve the efficiency of areas of the brain where dopamine is received – the substantia nigra and basal ganglia.

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