Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wii Balance Board Good for PD?

Abstract:
Background:Impaired postural stability places individuals with Parkinson's at an increased risk for falls. Given the high incidence of fall-related injuries within this population, ongoing assessment of postural stability is important.Objective:To evaluate the validity of the Nintendo Wii(®) balance board as a measurement tool for the assessment of postural stability in individuals with Parkinson's.Subjects:Twenty individuals with Parkinson's participated.Intervention:Subjects completed testing on two balance tasks with eyes open and closed on a Wii(®) balance board and biomechanical force platform.Main Measures:Bland-Altman plots and a two-way, random-effects, single measure intraclass correlation coefficient model were used to assess concurrent validity of centre-of-pressure data.Results:Concurrent validity was demonstrated to be excellent across balance tasks (intraclass correlation coefficients = 0.96, 0.98, 0.92, 0.94).Conclusions:This study suggests that the Wii(®) balance board is a valid tool for the quantification of postural stability among individuals with Parkinson's.

Holmes  Jenkins, Johnson AM, Hunt MA, & Clark RA (2012). Validity of the Nintendo Wii(R) balance board for the assessment of standing balance in Parkinson's disease. Clinical Rehabilitation PMID: 22960241

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