Assessing and training standing balance in older adults: A novel approach using the 'Nintendo Wii' Balance Board

William Young, Stuart Ferguson, Charlene Brault, Cathy Craig

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Abstract

Older adults, deemed to be at a high risk of falling, are often unable to participate in dynamic exercises due to physical constraints and/or a fear of falling. Using the Nintendo 'Wii Balance Board' (WBB) (Nintendo, Kyoto, Japan), we have developed an interface that allows a user to accurately calculate a participant's centre of pressure (COP) and incorporate it into a virtual environment to create bespoke diagnostic or training programmes that exploit real-time visual feedback of current COP position. This platform allows researchers to design, control and validate tasks that both train and test balance function. This technology provides a safe, adaptable and low-cost balance training/testing solution for older adults, particularly those at high-risk of falling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-305
Number of pages3
JournalGait and Posture
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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