Friday, May 18, 2018

Exergame to combat Alzheimer's Disease

Exergaming was used to combat Alzheimer's Disease in a study conducted by Union college researcher Cay Anderson-Hanley

Study details:
NIH funded
n=14 seniors from pool of 100
6 months regular exergaming/exercising
Mean age = 78 years
Control group
Group 1 = virtual cycle
Group 2 = play game while cycling

Results:
Improvements in both groups executive function including verbal memory and physical function

ExerGaming Points 2 Ponder (ExP2P)

  • Were they using the Espresso Bikes?
  • Did they use recumbent or traditional seated cycles?
  • Was the program and tension standardized for the group, or individually based on fitness levels?
Summary
I am looking forward to reading the full article to dig deeper into these results. Cay has been publishing for a long time and it's good to see these articles getting good press too.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CycleGo Looks to Redefine Indoor Exergame Cycling @CycleGoApp

Either you want to spend several thousand dollars for the wildly popular Peloton bike, or you might want to try out this soon to be released app for mobile device CycleGo

We've seen other apps used on other fitness machines including Blue Goji so we'll just have to see how sensitive the sensors are and how immersive the experience is.


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Exergaming Research Update

I just spotted two articles that I haven't read yet and thought I'd share them here first before I review them in better detail.

One article was a review study that looked at active video games for patients with chronic pulmonary diseases - yes a very specific niche which in the end only had 6 articles included in the review.

The other article was a pilot study for patients with Parkinson's disease and the exergaming group did improve their walking gait speed after using Microsoft Kinect.

It's been a while since I've updated my list of studies but you can always check My Diiigo Group - Exergames which has a more up to date list of studies I find.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

5th Fit-In Conference: Play + Game + Tech = Health

 I had the distinct honor of speaking at the 5th Annual Fit-In Conference at SUNY Cortland's Sensory Integration Motor Sensory (SIMS) Lab run out of the Physical Education Department and Dr. Tim Davis.  I was given a small window of time to provide a glimpse of where technology might be a benefit to Special Ed or Adapted PE students, assistive learning and fitness facilities, and even in the home and communities. It was a pleasure to meet so many dedicated practitioners, educators, and researcher shaping programs and improving health of people with a varied abilities.





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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ping Ping Pong Pong Kinect Exergaming

A research arm from Singapore is showcasing some work done to encourage physical activity in older adults (seniors).

Using a Kinect sensor to interact with a simple ping-pong game interface, seniors can game their way to better health.

For the task of selective attention, two balls will fly out simultaneously, where only the ball of a specific colour is the target.
For the inhibition task, the ball in some rounds will be of a different colour, and players are required to ignore balls of a given colour while hitting balls of other colours. The innovative data analysis tools at the back end enable healthcare professionals to easily track the health conditions of each individual elderly user under their care, and assist in crafting personalized training programs.

Ping Ping Pong Pong (A Motion-based Physio-cognitive Sport Game)

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Meta-Analysis of Exergaming on Physical Activity

Although not surprising, a meta-analysis of 11 RCT studies found that  playing exergames was one way to accumulate more physical activity for overweight individuals. Due to the differences in methodologies and inconsistent findings, no relationships were able to be established for patients with Type II diabetes. It does stand to reason that if you want more physical activity that can be done at home, exergaming might be one way to engage the target population and maybe others at home. What interventions need to focus on is the implementation at schools and community to be truly effective for long-lasting results or gateway to other physical activities.






ResultsOf 2845 records, 14 publications (11 studies) met the inclusion criteria. All included studies (ten experimental, cross-sectional laboratory studies and one RCT) were able to show increases in either VO2, EE, HR, or activity counts. However, effects of exergaming in terms of changes in these intensity parameters varied significantly between game modes and consoles as well as because of the vastly differing durations of exergame activity between studies. One of the included studies had a low risk of bias, and three had a high risk of bias; seven studies had an unclear risk of bias as the study description was insufficient. No studies were found investigating the changes in objectively measured PA intensity parameters in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Abstract
Background
The majority of patients with overweight and type 2 diabetes show insufficient levels of daily physical activity (PA) and usually are among the least likely to engage in or adhere to any form of generic PA. Active video games (exergames) may be a solution to motivate these individuals to overcome their sedentary lifestyle.
Objectives
This systematic review was conducted to review the current evidence for the effectiveness of exergaming in overweight and type 2 diabetes mellitus and thus to evaluate the suitability of these games to be used as tools for exercise promotion that meet current PA guidelines.
Methods
We searched electronic bibliographic databases (PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, OpenGrey, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials) up to March 2015. Randomized controlled trials (RCT) and cross-sectional studies published in English in a peer-reviewed journal and analyzing the effects of exergames on objectively measured intensity parameters of PA in overweight (body mass index [BMI] ≥25 kg/m2) adults (mean age ≥18 years) with and without type 2 diabetes were included. Study selection, data extraction, and quality assessment were performed independently by two review authors. Primary outcomes included changes in oxygen uptake (VO2), energy expenditure (EE), heart rate (HR), or activity counts. Secondary outcomes were enjoyment of treatment, exercise adherence, ratings of perceived exertion (RPE), changes in body composition, and changes in blood parameters (serum glucose, long-term blood glucose, blood cholesterol, triglycerides, or serum lactate).
Results
Of 2845 records, 14 publications (11 studies) met the inclusion criteria. All included studies (ten experimental, cross-sectional laboratory studies and one RCT) were able to show increases in either VO2, EE, HR, or activity counts. However, effects of exergaming in terms of changes in these intensity parameters varied significantly between game modes and consoles as well as because of the vastly differing durations of exergame activity between studies. One of the included studies had a low risk of bias, and three had a high risk of bias; seven studies had an unclear risk of bias as the study description was insufficient. No studies were found investigating the changes in objectively measured PA intensity parameters in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Conclusion
This review suggests that exergames are able to increase PA among overweight individuals. However, the inconsistent results and the overall poor or moderate methodological quality do not permit judgment on whether exergames are suitable to meet PA guidelines in this target group. The lack of research regarding the effects of exergames in type 2 diabetes indicates a great need for future research.


Effects of Exergaming on Physical Activity in Overweight Individuals


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