New Virtual Reality Gaming System Transforms Exercise Therapy for Children with Physical Disability
A newly developed telehealth program using virtual reality gaming is demonstrating promise for improving health among children with physical disabilities. The “tele-exergaming” program, developed by researchers in the UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative, is the result of a first-of-its-kind pilot study using this technology in rehabilitation.
The scientist behind the telehealth program is Byron Lai, Ph.D., with the UAB-Lakeshore Research Collaborative. Lai, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics, has published a case study demonstrating that children who use wheelchairs could achieve unprecedented levels of health-enhancing exercise at home, using only their arms.