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during rehabilitation sessions. This will make it a little easier for
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therapy tool for wounded service members.
Wiihabilitation for Ohio Veterans Playing the game makes the often painful and
boring therapy session fun, Roberts says.
The alternative is squeezing a ball of putty.
The Nintendo Wii (pronounced “we”) game is the 19 to 25 age range — a group that’s “very “I wasn’t expecting much out of it,” said
fast becoming a tool used in rehabilitation in into” playing video games, said Lt. Col. Roberts after using the game. “You know, it’s
many medical centers and hospitals across Stephanie Daugherty, Walter Reed’s Chief of a video game. How much could it really do?
the country. Occupational Therapy. But you don’t notice it while you’re doing it
“They think it’s for entertainment, but we know because your mind’s on the game. But then
Victims of stroke, spinal cord injuries and
it’s for therapy,” she said. when you’re done? I was sore.”
others have been benefiting from the Wii
Sports games to help them recover and regain Military occupational therapists came up with
It is useful in occupational therapy, which helps
balance, coordination, strength and motion. the idea of using the video game before the
patients relearn daily living skills including system debuted on store shelves last year.
"The Wii gets them moving. It's also great for brushing teeth, combing hair and fastening Unlike other home video game systems, Wii
motivating sensory stimulation. And best of all, clothes, Daugherty said. (pronounced “we”) uses motion-sensing
they really enjoy it," Donna Holtzinger said, controllers.
activity director for the McLean County Nursing Source:The Associated Press
Home. Therapists see the game benefiting patients
with nearly any kind of injury, including
Nintendo Co. does not market Wii’s potential Doctor’s Orders—Play video games patients with traumatic brain injuries. The
use in physical therapy, but company Army Spc. Shawn Roberts must play video department plans to analyze the results of
representative Anka Dolecki said, “We are games. using the game and would like to purchase its
happy to see that people are finding added own game console, if possible.
It’s doctor’s orders.
benefit in rehabilitation.”
Source: Stars and Stripes
Every week he goes to Landstuhl Regional
The Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital west Medical Center (Germany) and plays games on
of Chicago recently bought a Wii system
for its spinal cord injury unit.
the Nintendo Wii to help him recover from
injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Kuwait Commander Project Goals:
Pfc. Matthew Turpen, 22, paralyzed from last April.
the chest down in a car accident last year I would like to place three Wii consoles and
while stationed in Germany, plays Wii golf The Army hospital is experimenting using the controllers at each of the Ohio Veterans
and bowling from his wheelchair at Hines. popular video game console as a physical Homes and VA Facilities within Ohio. Each
Turpen says the games help beat the unit cost $450 including extra controller,
monotony of rehab and seem to be doing games, and extended service agreement.
his body good, too. Once this goal is reached, the remaining
funds raised through this project will be
“A lot of guys don’t have full finger donated to the Fisher House to assist in the
function so it definitely helps being able to rehabilitation and support of our injured troops
work on using your fingers more and and their families returning home.
figuring out different ways to use your
hands and arms”, Turpen said. Thank you
David T. Strittmather
At Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Commander
therapy is well-suited to patients injured Using the Wii game as physical therapy Sons of AMVETS
during combat in Iraq, who tend to be in Department of Ohio