Video Games Helping Stroke Patients

Video Games used for rehabilitation?

Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, a Clinical Scientist at the University of Toronto and Director of the Stroke Outcomes Research Unit, found video games useful for stroke rehabilitation. He explains that after having a stroke, 65 to 85 percent of patients need physical therapy because they are experiencing the inability to move on one side of the body and/or they are experiencing weakness in their limbs.

He came up with the idea of using video games for stroke rehabilitation because he experienced how his non-dominant hand quickly improved after playing video games with his daughter.

Dr. Saposnik and his team will be performing several different tests to record their outcomes. They will be testing on larger groups of patients for longer hours using virtual reality gaming therapy.

I do think video games help with eye-hand coordination, and his idea doesn't seem off. I'm wondering how many of you have had a similar experience as Saposnik —whether it be that you improved your ability on your non-dominant hand, or if you used video games as rehabilitation.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments box below!

Published Aug. 20th 2013
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  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    My hand-eye coordination would not be what it is today without video games, fact!
  • Max Graham
    Featured Contributor
    I am actually part of a startup that is developing games for physical therapy, so it is great to see this area gain more traction and recognition. There are a ton of benefits to gaming which are being leveraged for all kinds of interesting applications, medicine being one of them.
  • Alexa Serrano
    Wow that's really awesome!
  • KAS_2006
    As someone who is studying medicine, this is pretty interesting.

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