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Can balance in children with cerebral palsy improve through use of an activity promoting computer game?
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation.
2012 (English)In: Technology and Health Care, ISSN 0928-7329, E-ISSN 1878-7401, Vol. 20, no 6, 501-510 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION:

This study aimed to evaluate if use of an activity promoting computer game, used in the home (Nintendo Wii Fit; Nintendo Co Ltd, Japan), could influence balance related outcome measures in children with cerebral palsy.

METHOD:

Eighteen children with hemiplegic or diplegic cerebral palsy were recruited for the study. A randomised cross-over design was used with children tested at baseline, after five weeks of playing Wii Fit games and after five weeks without any intervention. Outcome measures of interest included: performance on the modified sensory organisation test, reactive balance test and rhythmic weight shift test.

RESULTS:

No significant difference was observed between testing occasions for any of the balance measures investigated (p > 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Our results suggest that use of a Nintendo Wii balance board and Wii Fit software for a minimum of thirty minutes per day in the patient's own home, over a five week period, is not effective as a balance training tool in children with cerebral palsy.

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2012. Vol. 20, no 6, 501-510 p.
Keyword [en]
Cerebral Palsy, balance, computer game
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20273DOI: 10.3233/THC-2012-0696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-20273DiVA: diva2:589409
Available from: 2013-01-18 Created: 2013-01-18 Last updated: 2016-03-21Bibliographically approved

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