Exergames: More fun with rehabilitation and exercise through games


Photo: Older man on a home trainer while he is playing an exergame on the monitor in front of him; Copyright: TU Darmstadt, FG Multimedia Kommunikation

Whether for prevention or rehabilitation - exercise games, so-called exergames, combine fun with a health objective and are suitable for young and old.

Rehabilitation for people with Parkinson’s disease

Photo: Older man on a balance board while playing an exergame; Copyright: TU Darmstadt, FG Multimedia Kommunikation

Safety comes first with exergames: When an exergame, such as this one, is played by using a balance board, older people often need an additional tool to keep their balance during the game.

Exergames: A wide variety of applications

Photo: Elderly lady practicing an exergame together with her grandchildren; Copyright: Universität Siegen

The exergame MobiAssist is a tool designed to support the outpatient care of patients with dementia. Recent research confirms that exercise and physical mobilisation can slow the progression of dementia.

Numerous studies show effectiveness

Photo: Nadine Lormis; Copyright: private

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