Change in functional balance after an exercise program with nintendo wii in latino patients with cerebral palsy: A case series

Valeska Gatica-Rojas, Ricardo Cartes-Velásquez, Guillermo Méndez-Rebolledo, Felipe Olave-Godoy, David Villalobos-Rebolledo

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Abstract

[Purpose] This study aimed to explore the possibility of improving functional balance using an exercise program with Nintendo and the Balance Board peripheral in subjects with cerebral palsy. [Subjects and Meth-ods] This study included 4 male outpatients of a neurological center. All participants received an exercise program based on the use of Nintendo with the Balance Board peripheral. Training consisted of three 25-min sessions per week for 6 weeks. Each session was guided by a physical therapist. Timed up-and-go and one-leg standing tests were conducted before and after the intervention. [Results] All subjects showed significant improvements in the results of the timed up-and-go test. However, there were no significant changes in the results of the one-leg standing test. [Conclusion] The exercise protocol involving Nintendo with the Balance Board peripheral appears to improve functional dynamic balance in patients with cerebral palsy. However, static functional balance does not improve after 6 weeks of training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2414-2417
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Therapy Science
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Functional balance
  • Nintendo Wii

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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