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Use of virtual reality technique for the training of motor control in the elderly: Some theoretical considerations


De Bruin, ED and Schoene, D and Pichierri, G and Smith, ST, Use of virtual reality technique for the training of motor control in the elderly: Some theoretical considerations, Zeitschrift Fuer Gerontologie Und Geriatrie, 43, (4) pp. 229-234. ISSN 0948-6704 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00391-010-0124-7


Virtual augmented exercise, an emerging technology that can help to promote physical activity and combine the strengths of indoor and outdoor exercise, has recently been proposed as having the potential to increase exercise behavior in older adults. By creating a strong presence in a virtual, interactive environment, distraction can be taken to greater levels while maintaining the benefits of indoor exercises which may result in a shift from negative to positive thoughts about exercise. Recent findings on young participants show that virtual reality training enhances mood, thus, increasing enjoyment and energy. For older adults virtual, interactive environments can influence postural control and fall events by stimulating the sensory cues that are responsible in maintaining balance and orientation. However, the potential of virtual reality training has yet to be explored for older adults. This manuscript describes the potential of dance pad training protocols in the elderly and reports on the theoretical rationale of combining physical game-like exercises with sensory and cognitive challenges in a virtual environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Rehabilitation
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Smith, ST (Associate Professor Stuart Smith)
ID Code:85431
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:114
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2013-07-05
Last Modified:2015-03-25

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