Video game-based therapy for the non-dominant hand improves manual skills and grip strength
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CitationBostancı, H., Emir, A., Tarakçı, D. ve Tarakçı, E. (2020). Video game-based therapy for the non-dominant hand improves manual skills and grip strength. Hand Surgery & Rehabilitation, 39(4), 265-269. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hansur.2020.02.011
The study was designed to investigate the effect of virtual reality-supported training on manual skills and grip strength in the non-dominant hand in healthy participants. Thirty participants were randomized into two groups: ErgoActive group (n = 15) and control group (n = 15). The ErgoActive study group received 8 weeks of training with leap motion controller-based virtual reality games. The training was done 1 day per week for 30 min. The participants' hand function was evaluated using the Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test (JTHFT), while grip strength was evaluated with a Jamar Hand Dynamometer and Pinchmeter. After 8 weeks, the ErgoActive and control groups had significantly different JTHFT, Jamar and Pinchmeter results (P < 0.05). When leap motion controller-based virtual reality applications are used, healthy subjects have increased manual skills and grip strength in their non-dominant hand. These virtual reality games are an effective and fun way of improving patients' hand functions.