Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's No Game: Wii Fit For Concussion Rehab

We never would have guessed the next big medical device for traumatic brain injury would come in a box from Nintendo. But the Washington Post tells us more and more college athletic programs are using Wii Fit to help players manage their rehabilitation from concussion.

Trainers find the Wii simple, affordable, and extraordinarily popular with athletes. Of course the game system is only one small part of a broader approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in athletes. As we reported yesterday, serious or repeated head injury in young athletes may add up to a TBI that, in later life, can mimic other neurologic diseases like ALS and Alzheimer's.

Rehabilitation physicians and physical therapists also use Wii Fit to help patients with prosthetic limbs regain their balance.

O2.O is the news blog of HyperbaricLink, the independent web guide to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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