Is Wii-based motor training better than task-specific matched training for children with developmental coordination disorder? A randomized controlled trial
Cavalcante Neto, Jorge Lopes, Steenbergen, Bert, Wilson, Peter, Zamunér, Antonio Roberto and Tudella, Eloisa. (2020) Is Wii-based motor training better than task-specific matched training for children with developmental coordination disorder? A randomized controlled trial. Disability and Rehabilitation. 42(18), pp. 2611-2620. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2019.1572794
|Authors||Cavalcante Neto, Jorge Lopes, Steenbergen, Bert, Wilson, Peter, Zamunér, Antonio Roberto and Tudella, Eloisa|
Purpose: To evaluate in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) the effects of Wii-training compared with task-specific matched training (TST).
Material and methods: A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted with 32 children having DCD, aged 7–10 years. Children were randomly assigned to the Wii or task-specific training. Both interventions consisted of 16, 60-min sessions over an 8-week period. The primary outcome measure of movement skill was the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 (MABC-2), administered by blinded assessors. Measures included total standard scores (TSS), manual dexterity, aiming/catching, and balance component scores.
Results: From pre- to post-test, both groups improved significantly on TSS and balance after intervention. The Wii intervention group also improved on manual dexterity. Neither group improved significantly on aiming/catching.
Conclusions: Both the Wii and task-specific training improved overall motor performance and balance. On other MABC-2 component scores, treatment effects differed between groups: Task-specific training had more pronounced effects on balance skills, while Wii training had slightly stronger treatment effects than task-specific training on manual dexterity. It was concluded that task-specific training affords stronger benefits for general motor skill than Wii-based training. Whether Wii training can promote clinically significant benefits for upper-limb function remains to be seen.
Trial Registration: This study is registered in a clinical trials registry platform (Protocol: RBR-89YDGJ). Available on the Brazilian Clinical Trials Registry <http://www.ensaiosclinicos.gov.br/>
|Keywords||motor skills disorders; virtual reality; rehabilitation; innovative therapy; motor performance|
|Journal||Disability and Rehabilitation|
|Journal citation||42 (18), pp. 2611-2620|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2019.1572794|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||22 Feb 2019|
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|Accepted||18 Dec 2018|
|Deposited||17 May 2021|
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