Wii Fit is effective in women with bone loss condition associated with balance disorders: a randomized controlled trial

Giovanni Morone, Teresa Paolucci, Sara Luziatelli, Marco Iosa, Cristina Piermattei, Federico Zangrando, Stefano Paolucci, Maria Chiara Vulpiani, Vincenzo Maria Saraceni, Carlo Baldari, Laura Guidetti

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Abstract

The use of exergame for balance competencies was recently explored in women affected by balance ability reduction with non-conclusive results. The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of a supervised exergame performed with the Wii Fit® compared to conventional exercises on balance function, quality of life, fear of fall and well-being in women with bone loss. Thirty-eight female participants aged over 65 years, with a bone loss condition, were enrolled and random allocated in the Wii group or control group. Subject enrolled in Wii group performed a balance training with a Wii Fit supervised by a physiotherapist (1 h, 2 days per week, during 8 weeks) while in control subjects performed the same amount of conventional balance exercises. Subject enrolled in experimental group showed significantly higher scores in terms of Berg Balance Scale (p = 0.027). In SF-36 scores, a significant difference was reported for physical activity score after treatment (p = 0.031). Fear of falling and the psychological scales were not significantly different between the two groups. In women with bone loss condition, a supervised Wii Fit training has shown better efficacy in improving balance performance with respect to conventional balance exercises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - May 6 2016

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Keywords

  • Balance
  • Fear of falls
  • Osteopenia
  • Quality of life
  • Wii Fit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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