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Video games of great help to stroke-affected patients


Video games of great help to stroke-affected patients

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Briton researchers have recently designed a video game that enables healthy volunteers to play with patients recovering from stroke as a form of rehabilitation. Researchers designed a video game called Balloon Buddies, a tool that enables those recovering from conditions such as a stroke to engage and play together with healthy volunteers, like the therapists and family members as a form of rehabilitation.

The game uses animation, sounds, and vibration-feedback, similar to conventional video games and requires users to balance a ball on a beam, which is lifted at each of its ends by balloons controlled by the players. The researchers stated that this type of collaboration makes it more rewarding for the less-abled partner, more challenging for the better partner and overall more fun for both, as they have to continuously work together to score points.

The team analysed 16 patients, who had arm weakness following a stroke and 32 healthy participants playing in p

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