As technology continues to advance, the gaming industry is producing increasingly complex video games and gaming systems. The Nintendo WiiR is an innovative gaming system that requires players to utilize a wide variety of functional performance skills to participate in various games.
However, healthcare practitioners are beginning to see the Nintendo WiiR as something much more than just entertainment.
Exercise is much more difficult for older adults, so it's important to five them options that are both enjoyable and appropriate to their ability levels.
By providing retirement communities and skilled nursing facilities with options of fun, accessible activities, through means of exercise like playing exercise games, elderly wellness promotion programs are on the rise.
The researchers used Nintendo Wii for the improvement and enhancing of the muscle performance in elderly. 15 subjects were tested by one physical therapists. For the testing of muscle performance, the researchers used the Senior Fitness Test (Arm Curl Test).
The statistical data showed that the post test scores of the respondents' right hand is significantly higher than the pre-test scores. That indicates that there was a significantly higher than the pre-test scores. That indicates that there was a significant improvement in the upper extremity muscle performance of the respondents' right hand. The post test scores of the respondents' left hand is significantly higher than the pre-test scores. This would indicate that there was a significant improvement in the upper extremity muscle performance of the respondents' left hand.
The researchers recommend to conduct a research with regards to effectiveness of Nintendo Wii on Upper Extremity Muscle Performance in Elderly to correlate with grip strengthening or progressive resistive exercises. And also, to try to use or incorporate Nintendo Wii on rehabilitation centers for an alternative method for improvement of muscle performance in elderlies.
In conclusion, the use of the Nintendo Wii is an effective way of improving the upper extremity muscle performance of the elderly. Both left and right indicated significant improvement in test scores. Even the non-dominant hand of the respondents indicated significant improvement in upper extremity muscle performance using the Nintendo Wii.