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A New Architecture for Customizable Exergames: User Evaluation for Different Neuromuscular Disorders

Version 1 : Received: 5 August 2022 / Approved: 10 August 2022 / Online: 10 August 2022 (03:24:24 CEST)

How to cite: Eckert, M.; Aglio, A.; Martín-Ruiz, M.L.; Osma-Ruiz, V. A New Architecture for Customizable Exergames: User Evaluation for Different Neuromuscular Disorders . Preprints 2022, 2022080184 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0184.v1). Eckert, M.; Aglio, A.; Martín-Ruiz, M.L.; Osma-Ruiz, V. A New Architecture for Customizable Exergames: User Evaluation for Different Neuromuscular Disorders . Preprints 2022, 2022080184 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0184.v1).

Abstract

This paper presents a modular approach to generic exergame design that combines custom physical exercises in a meaningful and motivating story. This aims to provide a tool that can be individually tailored and adapted to people with different needs, making it applicable to different diseases and states of disease. The game is based on motion capturing and integrates four example exercises that can be configured via our therapeutic web platform "Blexer-med". To prove the feasibility for a wide range of different users, evaluation tests were performed on 14 patients with various types and degrees of neuromuscular disorders, classified into three groups based on strength and autonomy. Users were free to choose their schedule and frequency. Game scores and three surveys (before, during, and after the intervention) showed similar experiences for all groups, with the most vulnerable having the most fun and satisfaction. The players were motivated by the story and by achieving high scores. The average usage time was 2.5 times per week, 20 minutes per session. Pure exercise time was about half the game time. The concept has proven feasible and forms a reasonable basis for further developments. The full 3D exercise needs further fine-tuning to enhance fun and motivation.

Keywords

Exergames; Kinect; neuromuscular disesase; physical disability; rehabilitation; serious games; Virtual reality rehabilitation

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Sport Sciences & Therapy

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