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Exergames for the elderly: towards an embedded Kinect-based clinical test of falls risk


Garcia, JA and Felix Navarro, K and Schoene, D and Smith, ST and Pisan, Y, Exergames for the elderly: towards an embedded Kinect-based clinical test of falls risk, Studies in health technology and informatics, 30 July - 2 August 2012, Sydney, pp. 51 - 57. ISSN 0926-9630 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-078-9-51


Falls are the leading cause of disability, injuries or even death among older adults. Exercise programmes that include a balance component reduce the risk of falling by 40%. However, such interventions are often perceived as boring and drop-out rates are high. The characteristics of videogames may overcome this weakness and increase exercise adherence. The use of modern input devices, such as the Microsoft Kinect, enables quantification of player performance in terms of motor function while engaging with games. This capability has just started to be explored. The work presented in this paper focuses on the development of a Kinect-based system to deliver step training while simultaneously measuring parameters of stepping performance that have shown to predict falls in older people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Smith, ST (Associate Professor Stuart Smith)
ID Code:85984
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2013-08-19
Last Modified:2013-08-19

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