Study finds that active gaming promotes similar health outcomes as exercise on a treadmill in children with moderate to severe asthma.
Researchers from São Paulo, Brazil conducted a study to assess the benefits of aerobic exercise in children with asthma. The researchers utilized an active gaming system in an attempt to aid asthma control in children with moderate to severe asthma. Both airway inflammation and exercise capacity were assessed in a group of 36 children with moderate to severe asthma who were assigned to participate in active video game playing, or assigned to exercise on a treadmill. For both groups, sessions were conducted twice a week for 40 minutes, for a total of 8 weeks.
The study revealed an improvement in asthma control and exercise capacity in both children who took part in the active gaming and the exercise on a treadmill.
The present study reveals significant health benefits of active gaming in children with asthma. The fact that children would be more inclined to participate in gaming makes it an attractive avenue for use as a therapeutic tool in children with moderate to severe asthma.
Gomes, ELFD, Carvalho, CRF, Peixoto-Souza, FS, Teixeira-Carvalho, EF, Mendonca, JFB, Stirbulov, R, Sampaio, LMM, Costa, D. “Active Video Game Exercise Training Improves the Clinical Control of Asthma in Children: Randomized Controlled Trial” PLOS One, Published: August 24, 2015 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135433
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Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD