Active Video Gaming – A Positive Therapy Choice for Child Brain Tumor Survivors

Balance activities like this were a big part of the AVG study.

Brain Tumors are a scary thing for anyone, but for a child who has so much life left in front of them I can imagine that it’s something else all together. Coming out on the other side, even with your life intact, doesn’t mean that everything is better and things go back to normal most of the time though. Many patients that suffer through brain tumors have to go through an intense amount of physical and mental therapy before they can be fully functioning again. The good news is that something that most kids truly love – video games – may be a healthy therapy replacement on the road to recovery.

Stretching across 4 universities and a children’s hospital – Lund University, Gothenburg University, University of Southern Denmark, Karolinska Institute and Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, respectively – a team of scientists from Sweden came together to test their theory on video games and the positive effects on body coordination in child brain tumor survivors.

The patients were between the ages of 7 and 17, equally male and female, and each was subjected to roughly 45 minutes of moderate exercise 3 to 4 times a week. After about 12 weeks all the patients had completed the course of active video gaming (AVG), which was done on the Nintendo Wii, and the results found that overall body coordination had increased by 15%. AVG was proven to be much more enjoyable to most other therapy the patients had tried, and with a coach it could easily be used as a home therapy alternative; leading to a speedier – and happier – recovery.

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