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Evaluation of a Manual Wheelchair Interface to Computer Games

O'connor, TJ and Cooper, RA and Fitzgerald, SG and Dvorznak, MJ and Boninger, ML and Vansickle, DP and Glass, L (2000) Evaluation of a Manual Wheelchair Interface to Computer Games. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 14 (1). 21 - 31. ISSN 1545-9683

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The sedentary lifestyle of many people with spinal cord injury (SCI) has lead to cardiovascular diseases being a major health concern. A suitable exercise program may help improve the SCI individual's cardiovascular fitness level. GAMEWheels is an in terface between a custom wheelchair roller system and a computer that enables an individual to control computer video games by driving his or her wheelchair. The purpose of Phase 1 was to evaluate the design of the GAMEwhccls system and to determine the type of computer video game that is likely to motivate wheelchair users to exercise. Phase 2 included physiologic testing of wheelchair users and the GAMEWheels system to investigate whether the system elicits an exercise training re sponse. Thirty-five subjects were recruited to evaluate the GAMEWheels by playing three commercial computer games (Phase 1) and to identify the computer game that they would prefer to use when exercising. The feedback from Phase 1 was used with test subjects to verify that the GAMEWheels system elicits an exercise training effect (Phase 2). Phase 2 included 10 subjects using the GAMEWheels system to play Need for Speed II. During game play, physiologic data were collected and the subjects' oxy gen consumption and heart rate were analyzed. Analysis showed that the GAMEWheels system induced nine subjects to reach their training zone, defined as 50% and 60% of their maximum oxygen consumption and heart rate, respectively. This study demon strates that the GAMEWheels system elicits an exercise training response. © 2000, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
O'connor, TJ
Fitzgerald, SG
Dvorznak, MJ
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Vansickle, DP
Glass, L
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 January 2000
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Page Range: 21 - 31
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1177/154596830001400103
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1545-9683
MeSH Headings: Adult; Equipment Design; Exercise Therapy; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Motivation; Spinal Cord Injuries--rehabilitation; User-Computer Interface; Video Games; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 11228946
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 20:47
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 16:55


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