A Serious Game for Training Balance Control over Different Types of Soil

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7528)


It is known that the type of the soil can affect balance. Here we report a serious game designed for training users at maintaining balance over five types of soil (broken stone, stone dust, sand, concrete and wood). By using an augmented shoe and proposed navigation metaphor, in this game, the user is invited to browse a maze while standing balance over the physical grounds. During the exploration, exercises targeting assessment of balance control are suggested. To insure the effectiveness of this training program, four exercises based on the Berg Balance Scale and the Tinetti Balance Assessment Tool are incorporated in the game.


Balance Control Balance Training Berg Balance Scale Functional Reach Balance Board 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC)Canada
  2. 2.Department of Applied Sciences, REPARTI CenterUniversity of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC)Canada

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