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Application of interactive video games as rehabilitation tools to improve postural control and risk of falls in prefrail older adults

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posted on 10.06.2021, 10:04 by Hammad Alhasan, Patrick Wheeler, Daniel Fong
The purpose of this study was to examine whether Interactive Video Game (IVG) training is an effective way to improve postural control outcomes and decrease the risk of falls. A convenience sample of 12 pre frail older adults were recruited and divided into two groups: intervention group performed IVG training for 40 minutes, twice per week, for a total of 16 sessions. Control group received no intervention and continue their usual activity. Outcome measures were Centre of pressure (COP) mean velocity, sway area and sway path. Secondary outcomes were, Berg Balance Scale, Timed up and go (TUG), Fall Efficacy Scale International (FES-I) and Activity Specific Balance Confidence (ABC). Assessment was conducted pre intervention (week zero) and post-intervention (week eight). The intervention group showed significant improvement in mean velocity and sway area Berg Balance Scale and TUG (p<0.01) compared to control group. However, no significant improvement was observed for sway path (p= 0.35), FES-I (p= 0.383) and ABC (p= 0.283). This study showed that IVG training led to significant improvements in postural control but not for risk of falls.

Funding

PhD programme within the School of Sport, Exercises and 36 Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Cyborg and Bionic Systems

Volume

2021

Publisher

Science Partner Journals

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Science Partner Journals under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

08/06/2021

Publication date

2021-06-25

Copyright date

2021

eISSN

2692-7632

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Daniel Fong. Deposit date: 9 June 2021

Article number

9841342