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An exploratory study on the effects of Nintendo Wii® Fit Balance Board on balance retraining and body mass index of adolescents with a traumatic brain injury

Jessica K. Conyers, MS, CTRS, Marjorie J. Malkin, EdD, CTRS, Heewon Yang, PhD, CTRS

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board® on balance of two adolescent females with a traumatic brain injury and on their body mass index (BMI). The participants attended a balance retraining program, with three sessions a week for 30 minutes for four consecutive weeks. The balance of the participants was measured both by recording raw game scores on the Nintendo Wii Fit games each session and by the use of the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), which was administered pretest and post-test. The BMI was also determined by using the Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board. Both participants showed improved balance game scores during the Wii Fit sessions. However, for both participants, there were no significant differences on the BBS and on their BMI.

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balance training, body mass index, brain injury, Wii Fit®

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2011.0012

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