Retraining function in people with Parkinson’s disease using the Microsoft kinect: game design and pilot testing

Brook Galna, Dan Jackson, Guy Schofield, Roisin McNaney, Mary Webster, Gillian Barry, Dadirayi Mhiripiri, Madeline Balaam, Patrick Olivier, Lynn Rochester

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Computer based gaming systems, such as the Microsoft Kinect (Kinect), can facilitate complex task practice, enhance sensory feedback and action observation in novel, relevant and motivating modes of exercise which can be difficult to achieve with standard physiotherapy for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). However, there is a current need for safe, feasible and effective exercise games that are appropriate for PD rehabilitation. The aims of this study were to i) develop a computer game to rehabilitate dynamic postural control for people with PD using the Kinect; and ii) pilot test the game’s safety and feasibility in a group of people with PD.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Issue number60
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2014



  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Kinect
  • Rehabilitation
  • Balance
  • Exergaming

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