Monday, September 14, 2009

Exercising With Wii? This Link Suggests Doing Some Research.

A writer working for a Philadelphia online paper, the Examiner.com focuses on Wii Fit. In her article posted on September 8, 2009 she suggests that Wii Fit enthusiasts compile research to build the evidence needed to support the value of Wii Fit. The author, Raina Casare lists 4 steps Wii Fit players should follow to compile needed support of Wii Fit’s value as a true tool for virtual reality fitness.

As therapists, following these same steps can help us gather data supporting Wii Fit’s importance as a therapeutic tool for occupational and physical therapy.

Many students choose to do research aimed at boosting Wii as a tool for therapy. From time to time, students write to me and ask for help on these projects, but many forget to share the outcomes once they finish. If you completed a study involving Wii, why not post information about it under comments. In truth, these early studies and surveys lay the groundwork for more in depth Wii-Hab research in the future.

4 comments:

Penda said...

Thanks for the article. A few corrections: Casarez and I am the Atlanta-based Wii Fitness Examiner, your insider source for everything local. I'm so glad to see that you are promoting the uses of Wii in your field. Can't wait to read some more of your blog. Would be nice to compare notes between a fitness instructor's perspective and an OT. Keep up the great work!

www.examiner.com/x-19629-Wii-Fitness-Examiner

Vania said...

Dear Mershon,

I think your blog is great and have read you are even teaching a course on Wii-hab at Allegany College.

I am evaluating the use of Wii-hab in other therapeutic areas and would really like to get your opinion over the phone or in person.

If you like you can contact me at viacuzzi@gmail.com

thanks!
Vania

Katie said...

I am DPT student at Gannon University organizing research utilizing the wii fit in assessing improvements in fear of falling and balance in community dwelling older adults. I am looking for any advice you are willing to share our in attempts to develop further research in this area.

mamashon said...

Katie,
You have chosen a great topic.
I will be happy to help you so send me an email address and I can share with you some ideas for outcome measures to start.
Mershon