The use of exergames in physical education to improve the proficiency level of balance skills in children

Francesco Sgrò, Matteo Barresi, Salvatore Pignato, Mario Lipoma

Abstract


Adequate development of fundamental motor skills (FMS) is one of the requirements for achieving an active life and for supporting the acquisition of high physical, cognitive and social efficiency in children. The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of an exergames-based physical education
program for supporting the development of the balance skills developmental
levels in a sample of primary school children (experimental group). The program
has been defined by choosing games geared to the global enhancement of motor
skills abilities. Concurrently, twenty-nine (control group) children were involved in physical education lessons based on free and sports games activities. The current study investigated whether the effects produced by the exergames-based program were gender-related. The experimental protocol showed positive results with significant evidences in terms of effects especially in girls.
These results seem to confirm the validity of these technologies for supporting the physical education teachers and extend the current the scientific literature because they describe the effects od that king of program on balance skills in primary school children.


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