Six weeks of unsupervised Nintendo Wii Fit gaming is effective at improving balance in independent older adults

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Nicholson, Vaughan Patrick, McKean, Mark, Lowe, John, Fawcett, Christine and Burkett, Brendan. (2015) Six weeks of unsupervised Nintendo Wii Fit gaming is effective at improving balance in independent older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 23(1), pp. 153 - 158. https://doi.org/10.1123/JAPA.2013-0148
AuthorsNicholson, Vaughan Patrick, McKean, Mark, Lowe, John, Fawcett, Christine and Burkett, Brendan
Abstract

Objective: To determine the effectiveness of unsupervised Nintendo Wii Fit balance training in older adults. Methods: Forty-one older adults were recruited from local retirement villages and educational settings to participate in a six-week two-group repeated measures study. The Wii group (n = 19, 75 ± 6 years) undertook 30 min of unsupervised Wii balance gaming three times per week in their retirement village while the comparison group (n = 22, 74 ± 5 years) continued with their usual exercise program. Participants’ balance abilities were assessed pre- and postintervention. Results: The Wii Fit group demonstrated significant improvements (P < .05) in timed up-and-go, left single-leg balance, lateral reach (left and right), and gait speed compared with the comparison group. Reported levels of enjoyment following game play increased during the study. Conclusion: Six weeks of unsupervised Wii balance training is an effective modality for improving balance in independent older adults.

KeywordsWii Fit; balance; active video games
Year2015
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Journal citation23 (1), pp. 153 - 158
PublisherHuman Kinetics
ISSN1063-8652
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1123/JAPA.2013-0148
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84920270230
Page range153 - 158
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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