Is exergaming effective rehabilitation after a stroke?

Takeaway

  • Exergaming could be an effective rehabilitation tool for patients following ischemic stroke.

Why this matters

  • Exergaming, where video games are used in a fitness programme, uses technology that tracks body movement or reaction.

  • Studies in Parkinson’s disease suggest that repetitive stepping and balance sequences in a technology-aided gaming environment seem to benefit exercise-based rehabilitation.

  • Stroke prevention programmes can be challenging to implement, therefore effective rehabilitation is key to reducing symptoms and further strokes and improving quality of life for people with stroke.