REHAB 2014

Research Article

Balance training using specially developed serious games for cerebral palsy children, a feasibility study

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255332,
        author={Bruno Bonnech\'{e}re and Lubos Omelina and Bart Jansen and Marcel Rooze and Serge Van Sint Jan},
        title={Balance training using specially developed serious games  for cerebral palsy children, a feasibility study},
        proceedings={REHAB 2014},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={REHAB},
        year={2014},
        month={7},
        keywords={balance motor control rehabilitation cerebral palsy},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255332}
    }
    
  • Bruno Bonnechère
    Lubos Omelina
    Bart Jansen
    Marcel Rooze
    Serge Van Sint Jan
    Year: 2014
    Balance training using specially developed serious games for cerebral palsy children, a feasibility study
    REHAB
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255332
Bruno Bonnechère,*, Lubos Omelina1, Bart Jansen1, Marcel Rooze2, Serge Van Sint Jan2
  • 1: VUB
  • 2: ULB
*Contact email: bbonnech@ulb.ac.be

Abstract

Cerebral Palsy (CP) leads to various clinical signs mainly induced by spasticity. Among these ones impaired balance and posture are very common. Traditional physical therapy exercise programs are focusing on this aspect but it is difficult to motivate patients to regularly perform these exercises. Specially developed serious games (SG) could therefore be an interesting option to motivate children to perform specific exercise for balance improvement. This paper presents a feasibility study including 10 CP children. Patients received 4 sessions of SG included into conventional therapy. Trunk control and balance were assessed using Trunk Control Motor Scale (TCMS) before and after intervention. Children presented a significant improvement in TCMS after interventions (37,6 (8.7) and 39.6 (9.5) before and after intervention respectively, p=0.04). SG could therefore be an interesting option to integrate in the conventional treatment of CP children.