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Pros and Cons of Commercially Available Games for Rehab Patients

Deborah Espy, PT, PhD

June 7, 2016



What are some pros and cons of commercially available games for rehab patients?



  1. Many choices
  2. Can address many different motor control issues
  3. Generally affordable and can often be bought used


  1. Clinician must know different games/systems to use/apply appropriately
  2. Not tailored to specific problems
  3. May need to be physically modified for specific client needs

deborah espy

Deborah Espy, PT, PhD

Debbie Espy, PT, PhD received her MSPT from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992 and her PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010.  She has practiced in the areas of acute care, neuro rehab and outpatient, and assistive technology before taking a faculty position at Cleveland State University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program.  She teaches courses in Professional Issues, Functional Anatomy, Adult Neurological Dysfunction, and Neuro-motor Interventions.  Her research interests are in the areas of motor learning, and postural control and falls.  Her current lines of research are in the use of video gaming as a therapeutic exercise modality; in novel uses of sensor technology in therapeutic exercise; in balance training for fall prevention; and in educational models to enhance DPT education.  

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