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Percept Mot Skills. 2018 Jun;125(3):546-565. doi: 10.1177/0031512518769204. Epub 2018 Apr 17.

Nintendo Wii™ Versus Xbox Kinect™ for Assisting People With Parkinson's Disease.

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1 Faculty of Physical Education, 28127 University of Brasilia , Brazil.
2
2 Faculty of Ceilandia, 28127 University of Brasilia , Brazil.
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3 Federal District Secretary of Health, Brasilia, Brazil.

Abstract

This study investigated changes in motor and cognitive skills, anxiety levels, and quality of life perception among patients with Parkinson's Disease (PD) following training with different commercial gaming devices-Nintendo Wii™ and Xbox Kinect™. We used a quasi-experimental, simple blinded clinical trial, dividing 27 patients with PD into three equal groups of nine members: (a) Nintendo Wii™, (b) Xbox Kinect™, and (c) control group. After pretests, experimental group participants spent 10 sessions playing four games of the selected gaming device, while control group participants received no intervention. Only those engaged with the Nintendo Wii™ significantly improved their performance on single and dual task gait tests, decreased anxiety levels, and improved memory, attention, and reversibility. The control group showed no changes on any measures.

KEYWORDS:

Nintendo Wii; Parkinson's disease; Xbox Kinect; cognitive; motor; video game; virtual reality

PMID:
29665760
DOI:
10.1177/0031512518769204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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