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Active video games as a form of exercise and the effect of gaming experience: a preliminary study in healthy young adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22898576     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: To examine the energy expenditure and heart rate response while playing active video games, and the effect of gaming experience on energy expenditure.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional study.
PARTICIPANTS AND INTERVENTIONS: Twenty-eight healthy participants (18 male, age 19 to 27 years) played either Wii Sports Boxing, Tennis and Baseball, or Wii Sports Boxing and Wii Fit Free Jogging.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Percentage maximal heart rate (%HRmax) and metabolic equivalents (METs) were measured during 15minutes of rest and during each game.
RESULTS: Mean %HRmax and METs while playing each of the four games were as follows: Wii Fit Free Jogging 71% [standard deviation (SD) 13%], 5.9 (SD 1.8); Wii Sports Boxing 58% (SD 13%), 3.2 (SD 1.1); Wii Sports Baseball 42% (SD 6%), 2.0 (SD 0.5); and Wii Sports Tennis 42% (SD 7%), 2.0 (SD 0.4). Subjects with gaming experience achieved a lower heart rate playing Wii Sports Tennis compared with subjects without gaming experience.
CONCLUSIONS: Wii Sports Boxing, Tennis and Baseball are light-intensity activities, and Wii Fit Free Jogging is a moderate-intensity activity. Experience of gaming may affect the exercise intensity of games requiring controller skill.
C O'Donovan; J Hussey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiotherapy     Volume:  98     ISSN:  1873-1465     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiotherapy     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401223     Medline TA:  Physiotherapy     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland.
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