Serious Games for Balance Improvement: A Systematic Literature Mapping

  • Rafaela BosseEmail author
  • Antônio Vinicius Soares
  • Marcelo da Silva Hounsell
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 445)


Rehabilitation using video games is more motivating than standard rehabilitation. There are several games developed for balance rehabilitation however, they focus on different aspects, apply a variety of assessment and were developed using a myriad of approaches. In order to provide an overview about specially purposed games for balance rehabilitation, a systematic literature mapping was conducted to assess how they were developed, what software evaluation and clinical assessment were applied and the devices they used. A total of 514 studies were analyzed, but only 44 of them satisfied the inclusion and exclusion criteria. As a result, we verified that most studies used attachment based commercial devices; usability is the most used criteria to evaluate the game and questionnaires are used for it. There is no consensus on clinical assessment metrics and a remarkable lack of design methodology used. From the plethora of serious games found in the literature it is clear that much research need to be done but games can already be considered an acceptable approach for balance promotion.


Serious games Balance Rehabilitation Literature mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafaela Bosse
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antônio Vinicius Soares
    • 2
  • Marcelo da Silva Hounsell
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science Department (DCC), Graduate Programm in Applied Computing (PPGCA)Santa Catarina State University (UDESC)JoinvilleBrazil
  2. 2.Educational Association of Santa CatarinaCenter of Research in Neurorehabilitation (NUPEN)JoinvilleBrazil

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