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The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of off-the-shelf (OTS) and adapted game controllers on quality of game play, enjoyment, and energy expenditure during active video gaming in persons with mobility impairments. The controllers to be evaluated include off-the-shelf and adapted gaming mats and off-the-shelf and adapted Wii Fit balance boards.

Clinical Trial Description

Previous studies have shown that individuals with disabilities have lower levels of physical activity and fitness and higher levels of obesity compared to their non-disabled peers. Research has also shown that engaging this population in physical activity can be extremely challenging due to physical impairments associated with their disability, as well as fewer opportunities to participate. Active video games (AVG), also known as exergames, are a category of video games that require much more body motion for successful play than the traditional pushbutton or joystick actions. The recent introduction of motion controlled AVGs allow a much greater variety of physical activity to be part of play. These games hold promise for promoting higher levels of energy expenditure, weight management and fitness. However, many current AVGs are inaccessible or offer limited play options for individuals who are unable to stand, have balance issues, poor motor control, or cannot use their lower body to perform game activities. Making AVGs accessible to people with disabilities offers an innovative approach to overcoming various barriers to participation in beneficial physical activity. A recent publication by Dr. Rimmer in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation journal examining the use of AVGs as a means to increase energy expenditure in non-ambulatory young adults with disabilities suggested that clinically significant increases in energy expenditure could be achieved with AVGs. ;

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NCT number NCT02994199
Study type Interventional
Source University of Alabama at Birmingham
Status Active, not recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 2016
Completion date December 2021

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