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Ann Behav Med. 2010 May;39(2):162-9. doi: 10.1007/s12160-010-9164-x.

Motivation and physiologic responses of playing a physically interactive video game relative to a sedentary alternative in children.

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  • 1The School of Exercise Leisure and Sport, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44240, USA. penkoa@ccf.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

While there is emerging research outlining the physiologic cost of the physically interactive Nintendo Wii, there are no evaluations of the relative reinforcing value (RRV) of the Wii versus a sedentary alternative.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the physiologic cost, RRV, and liking of playing Wii Sports Boxing (Wii) versus a traditional sedentary video game (SVG) in 11 lean and 13 overweight/obese 8- to 12-year-old children.

METHODS:

Heart rate (HR) and VO(2) were assessed during rest, treadmill walking, and playing an SVG and Wii using a counterbalance design. Liking was assessed during treadmill walking and video game play. RRV was assessed for Wii versus SVG.

RESULTS:

Average HR, VO(2), and liking were significantly greater for Nintendo Wii (p < or = 0.001 for all) than all other conditions. Lean children displayed a greater (p < 0.001) peak responding for access to Wii relative to the SVG while overweight/obese children did not (p > or = 0.16).

CONCLUSION:

Wii was a well-liked activity of greater physiologic intensity than both the SVG and treadmill walking. Lean children were more motivated while overweight/obese children were equally as motivated to play Wii relative to the SVG.

PMID:
20169428
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