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Upper Body Physical Rehabilitation for Children with Ataxia through IMU-Based Exergame

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Movement Analysis and Robotics Laboratory (MAR Lab), Intensive Neurorehabilitation and Robotics Department, “Bambino Gesù” Children’s Hospital, IRCCS, 00050 Rome, Italy
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Department of Systems Medicine, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Unit of Neuromuscolar and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Neurosciences, “Bambino Gesù” Children’s Hospital, IRCCS, 00146 Rome, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Akiyoshi Matsugi, Naoki Yoshida, Hideki Nakano and Yohei Okada
J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11(4), 1065; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11041065
Received: 18 January 2022 / Revised: 15 February 2022 / Accepted: 17 February 2022 / Published: 18 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neurorehabilitation: Progress and Challenges)
Background: Children with ataxia experience balance and movement coordination difficulties and needs intensive physical intervention to maintain functional abilities and counteract the disorder. Exergaming represents a valuable strategy to provide engaging physical intervention to children with ataxia, sustaining their motivation to perform the intervention. This paper aims to describe the effect of a home-conducted exergame-based exercise training for upper body movements control of children with ataxia on their ataxic symptoms, walking ability, and hand dexterity. Methods: Eighteen children with ataxia were randomly divided into intervention and control groups. Participants in the intervention group were asked to follow a 12-week motor activity program at home using the Niurion® exergame. Blind assessments of participants’ ataxic symptoms, dominant and non-dominant hand dexterity, and walking ability were conducted. Results: On average, the participants performed the intervention for 61.5% of the expected time. At the end of the training, participants in the intervention group showed improved hand dexterity that worsened in the control group. Conclusion: The presented exergame enhanced the participants’ hand dexterity. However, there is a need for exergames capable of maintaining a high level of players’ motivation in playing. It is advisable to plan a mixed intervention to take care of the multiple aspects of the disorder. View Full-Text
Keywords: ataxia; exergaming; telerehabilitation; hand dexterity; treatment adherence and compliance ataxia; exergaming; telerehabilitation; hand dexterity; treatment adherence and compliance
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Romano, A.; Favetta, M.; Summa, S.; Schirinzi, T.; Bertini, E.S.; Castelli, E.; Vasco, G.; Petrarca, M. Upper Body Physical Rehabilitation for Children with Ataxia through IMU-Based Exergame. J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11, 1065. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11041065

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Romano A, Favetta M, Summa S, Schirinzi T, Bertini ES, Castelli E, Vasco G, Petrarca M. Upper Body Physical Rehabilitation for Children with Ataxia through IMU-Based Exergame. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2022; 11(4):1065. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11041065

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Romano, Alberto, Martina Favetta, Susanna Summa, Tommaso Schirinzi, Enrico Silvio Bertini, Enrico Castelli, Gessica Vasco, and Maurizio Petrarca. 2022. "Upper Body Physical Rehabilitation for Children with Ataxia through IMU-Based Exergame" Journal of Clinical Medicine 11, no. 4: 1065. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11041065

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