|Wii Tennis Player B side (Photo credit: Mesq)|
Exergaming Points 2 Ponder (ExP2P)
- It would be great to see results of studies where older adults are paired with children, teens or college students who play together and engage in physical activities requiring more than minimal levels of intensity.
- Although the included photo was not from this study, it would be great to see their reaction to such a setup where it is closer to the actual physical sport of tennis. In fact, I'd love to play this setup and I'm thinking of a way to accomplish this for my kids.
- As with many studies, would the findings have been changed if they were given a familiarization period?
- How long would they play if given an undefined time period to play?
Fachko MJ, Xiao C, Bowles KH, Robinson KM, & Libonati JR (2013). Cardiovascular effects and enjoyment of exercise gaming in older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39 (12), 43-54 PMID: 23855328
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Fachko M.J., Xiao C., Bowles K.H., Robinson K.M. & Libonati J.R. (2013). Cardiovascular effects and enjoyment of exercise gaming in older adults, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39 (12) 43-54. PMID: 23855328
The purpose of this study was to quantify the cardiovascular responses and enjoyment of one trial of electronic exercise gaming (EG) (Nintendo® Wii™ Tennis) in healthy, older adults (mean age = 81 [SD = 4 years]). Findings indicate that 15 minutes of EG moderately increased heart rate (p < 0.001), blood pressure (p < 0.001), and perceived exertion (p < 0.0001) compared to resting levels. This corresponded to achieving 64% of age-predicted maximum heart rate. No differences were observed for the cardiovascular responses to EG between genders, but participants taking beta-blocker drugs showed an attenuated response (p < 0.05). All participants completed EG tennis without excessive fatigue, with 86% of participants enjoying the experience. There were only a few cases of EG-related arrhythmias (n = 2) and post-exercise muscle soreness (n = 3). These results suggest that Nintendo Wii Tennis EG technology represents an enjoyable, moderate intensity physical activity for healthy, older adults.