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Kinetic and physiological analysis of the GAME(Wheels) system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17943665     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
For individuals with a spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D), opportunities to exercise are limited and are usually not highly motivating experiences. Exercise programs or extracurricular activities may help increase or maintain the cardiovascular fitness level of individuals with SCI/D. The GAME(Wheels) system, an interface between a portable roller system and a computer, enables an individual to control a video game by propelling his or her wheelchair. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the propulsive forces used during video play, both with and without the GAME(Wheels) system, were different. A secondary purpose was to examine differences in metabolic parameters during exercise under these two conditions. Ten manual wheelchair users exercised on the GAME(Wheels) system with and without controlling a video game. Physiological and kinetic data were collected six times during two exercise trials. Kinetic data were recorded with the SMART(Wheel) and used to investigate propulsion forces. No significant differences were found in the resultant force, rate of rise, or number of hand contacts with the pushrims. This study showed that propulsion pattern did not change significantly when wheelchair users exercised while playing a computer video game. Oxygen consumption, ventilation, and heart rate were significantly different (p < 0.05) between the two groups during the last three exercise intervals and cooldown. Playing a video game while exercising may help to motivate manual wheelchair users to exercise longer and regularly, something that was reported by this study's subjects; likewise, exercising while playing a video game may not be associated with higher pushrim forces and stroke frequencies.
Thomas J O'Connor; Shirley G Fitzgerald; Rory A Cooper; Tricia A Thorman; Michael L Boninger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation research and development     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0748-7711     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Publication Date:    2002 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-18     Completed Date:  2007-12-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410047     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  627-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Houston VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cervical Vertebrae
Energy Metabolism / physiology
Exercise / physiology*
Middle Aged
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Spinal Cord Injuries / physiopathology*,  rehabilitation*
Thoracic Vertebrae
User-Computer Interface*
Video Games*
Grant Support
K08 HD01122-01/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P01 HD33989-04/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P01-HD33989-0151/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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