Benefits of the Wii Fit as an exercise program for older adults
Hermes,D., Hitch S, Honea A, Stephenson J, and J. Bauer (2010). Benefits of the Wii Fit as an exercise program for older adults. -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 119-120
To determine if Wii Fit is an effective older adult exercise program compared to a traditional exercise program (TRAD) with respect to functional fitness (FF) and balance. Wii Fit women (n=4) were matched on multiple variables to TRAD subjects (Ss)(n=4) and a control group (CON)(n=4). Interventions were 8 weeks and consisted of flexibility, strength, and balance training. Wii group followed the Wii program and TRAD participated in traditional classes. Pre and post measures included FF and balance. Results were evaluated using qualitative comparison. No baseline difference existed. With respect to FF, TRAD exhibited largest changes. With respect to balance, Wii exhibited similar large changes. Using Wii Fit appears to be as effective as TRAD for balance.
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Research completed at the Department of Physical Therapy and School of Community Affairs