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Effect of Wii fit exercises on the balance of elderly individuals in Kauswagan Social Center, Barangay Cabangahan, Consolacion, Cebu.

Author

Justine M. Sasan,
Kishe E. Valmores,
Divina Grace B. Vasquez,
Rea Gizelle G. Villacarlos,
Mary Camille C. Yulo,
Niña Jo Ann B. Loreto

Related Institution

College of Rehabilitative Sciences - Physical Therapy Department - Cebu Doctors' University

Publication Information

Publication Type
Thesis/Dissertations
Thesis Degree
BS
Specialization
Physical Therapy
Publication Date
February 2015

Abstract

         The study investigated the effect of Wii Fit exercises on the balance of selected elderly individuals in Kauswagan community health clinic and social center located at Kauswagan Road, Barangay Cabangahan , Consolacion. The study used one group pretest-post test design. A pre-survey form with the set inclusion and exclusion criteria w used which garnered six(6) qualified elderly individuals. At present , the center operates as outpatient and caters to the needs of neighboring rural and depress rural communities of the Municipality of Consolacion. The study made use of the following instruments : berg balance scale to assess the subject 's functional balance , The Wii console , Wii balance , and Wii controller for the interactive exercises , and lastly the television to provide the subjects with visual and auditory stimuli.


         Six (6) subjects underwent a three-week training program , three times a week , 30n minutes a day utilizing the Wii Fit exercises specifically or balance training. the exercises included Soccer Heading , Skii Salom and Table Tilt. both pretreatment  and post-treatment results were expressed as mean and standard deviation scores were 38.02.10 respectively which means moderate balance score. after the three week training program , the post treatment mean and standard deviation scores have significantly increased to good balance score which is 48.832.99 respectively. using paired t-test , the mean difference between the pretreatment and post treatment measures was 5.83 with a t value of 8.269 and a p value f .000 which means that the result is significant.


          Based on the findings , the researchers , therefore conclude that Wii Fit exercises have a significant effect in improving the balance of elderly individuals in Kauswagan Social Center , Barangay Cabangahan , Consolacion Cebu based on the findings , the researchers would like to recommend to physical therapists  and interns to incorporate the wii fit exercises for balance retraining as a standard treatment protocol in the clinical setting. furthermore , the researchers would like to challenge the manufacturers to create a modified balance board which would mainly focus on treatment rather than entertainment. the researchers also encourage future researchers to utilize other game consoles that could treat other conditions . in interest of future studies , the researchers would like to recommend a larger sample size to further support the validity of the study and to incorporate other exercises offered  by the wii fit to maximize the effect it has on balance on elderly individuals while treating static and dynamic balance as different entities. lastly the researchers would like to compare the effect of Wii Fit exercises over the traditional protocols and to utilize it as treatment for patients with neurologic deficits.

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