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Does computer game play aid in motivation of exercise and increase metabolic activity during wheelchair ergometry?

O'Connor, TJ and Fitzgerald, SG and Cooper, RA and Thorman, TA and Boninger, ML (2001) Does computer game play aid in motivation of exercise and increase metabolic activity during wheelchair ergometry? Medical Engineering and Physics, 23 (4). 267 - 273. ISSN 1350-4533

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GAMEWheels is an interface between a portable roller system and a computer that enables a wheelchair user to play commercially available computer video games. The subject controls the game play with the propulsion of their wheelchair's wheels on the rollers. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether using the GAMEWheels System during wheelchair propulsion exercise can help increase the individual's physiological response and aid in the motivation to exercise. Fifteen subjects participated in this study. The subjects propelled their wheelchairs on a portable roller that was equipped with the GAMEWheels System. There were two exercise trials consisting of 2 min of warm-up, 16 min of exercise and 2 min of cool-down. Physiological data (ventilation rate, oxygen consumption, heart rate) were collected. A significant difference (P<0.05) was found between exercise with GAMEWheels versus without GAMEWheels for average ventilation rate and average oxygen consumption. The differences were found during time periods of transition from warm-up to exercise, and before and after the midpoint of exercise. Written questionnaires showed that 87% of the individuals tested reported the system would help them work out on a regular basis. Playing the video game helped these individuals to reach their exercise training zone faster and maintain it for the entire exercise trial.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
O'Connor, TJ
Fitzgerald, SG
Thorman, TA
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 4 July 2001
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Engineering and Physics
Volume: 23
Number: 4
Page Range: 267 - 273
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/s1350-4533(01)00046-7
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1350-4533
MeSH Headings: Adult; Computers; Exercise; Female; Heart Rate; Human Engineering; Humans; Male; Metabolism; Motivation; Oxygen Consumption; Respiration; Spinal Cord Injuries--physiopathology; Spinal Cord Injuries--psychology; Spinal Cord Injuries--rehabilitation; Video Games; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 11427364
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 20:50
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 16:55


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