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Games Health J ; 2024 May 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38656178


Purpose: The objective of this research was to develop a musical digital game for rehabilitation of upper limb and to verify its usability and user experience with professionals in the field (physical therapists). Materials and Methods: Thirty working professionals were recruited to evaluate the system. The usability was evaluated with the System Usability Scale (SUS) and the user experience was verified with the Game Flow scale. Results: The overall score of the SUS scale was 88.67 (±9.129); this score is interpreted as "Best Imaginable" (86-100). The user experience rating had most of its domains equal or higher than 4, which indicates that all the requirements for a good user experience were present in the game. Conclusions: The Moniz Game proved to be a game with good usability and can be a tool for application in clinical practice regarding motor coordination. However, further studies are needed to evaluate the effect of the Moniz Game on motor coordination in patients with neurological dysfunctions.

Preprint em Inglês | SciELO Preprints | ID: pps-6070


The objectives of this study were to develop and validate a computerized device to measure joint flexibility; to measure flexibility in children in elementary school aged 8 to 10 years using the Wells bank; to compare the data obtained by the Wells bank and the computerized device developed in the present study and evaluate the usability of the device. 215 volunteers participated in this research, aged between 8 and 10 years, 63.72% (137) were female and 36.28% (78) were male, duly enrolled in an educational institution in the Alto Tietê region. For data collection, the volunteers performed the flexibility test using the Wells bank and the computerized device developed in this research to assess flexibility. The computerized device it was made on a 3D printing technology printer. A usability evaluation was carried out with 15 Physical Education teachers for the product developed through a usability questionnaire based on the System Usability Scale (SUS) form, which contains 10 multiple-choice questions. The data obtained by the objective measures determined were evaluated in terms of frequency, mean and standard deviation. The arithmetic means of the three measurements performed at each stage were calculated. Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests and Spearman's correlation were performed for the investigation. For all analyses, significant differences were considered p<0.05. It is concluded that the computerized device to measure joint flexibility is capable of evaluating the range of motion in degrees, and was qualified as easy to handle by professionals in the field of physical education.

Los objetivos de este estudio fueron desarrollar y validar un dispositivo computarizado para medir la flexibilidad articular; medir la flexibilidad en niños en la escuela primaria de 8 a 10 años a través del banco Wells; comparar los datos obtenidos por la base de datos Wells y el dispositivo computarizado desarrollado en el presente estudio y evaluar la usabilidad del dispositivo. Un total de 215 voluntarios participaron en esta investigación, con edades de 8 a 10 años, 63,72% (137) mujeres y 36,28% (78) hombres, debidamente matriculados en una institución educativa de la región del Alto Tietê. Para la recolección de datos, los voluntarios realizaron la prueba de flexibilidad utilizando la base de datos Wells y el dispositivo computarizado desarrollado en esta investigación para evaluar la flexibilidad. El dispositivo fue hecho de una impresora de tecnología de impresión 3D. Se realizó una evaluación de usabilidad con 15 profesores de Educación Física para el producto desarrollado a través del cuestionario de usabilidad basado en el formulario System Usability Scale (SUS) que contiene 10 preguntas de opción múltiple. Los datos obtenidos por las mediciones objetivas determinadas fueron evaluados para la frecuencia, media y desviación estándar. Se calcularon las medias aritméticas de las tres mediciones realizadas en cada etapa. Las pruebas de Mann-Whitney y Kruskal-Wallis y la correlación de Spearman se realizaron para la investigación. Para todos los análisis, se consideraron diferencias significativas p<0,05. Se concluye que el dispositivo computarizado para medir la flexibilidad articular es capaz de evaluar el rango de movimiento en grados, y fue calificado fácil de manejar por profesionales de la educación física.

Os objetivos deste estudo foram desenvolver e validar um dispositivo computadorizado para mensurar a flexibilidade articular; mensurar a flexibilidade em crianças no ensino fundamental de 8 a 10 anos por meio do banco de Wells; comparar os dados alcançados pelo banco de Wells e o dispositivo computadorizado desenvolvido no presente estudo e avaliar a usabilidade do dispositivo. Participaram desta pesquisa 215 voluntários, com idade de 8 a 10 anos, sendo 63,72% (137) do sexo feminino e 36,28% (78) do sexo masculino, devidamente matriculados em uma instituição de ensino na região do Alto Tietê. Para coleta de dados, os voluntários realizaram o teste de flexibilidade utilizando o banco de Wells e o dispositivo computadorizado desenvolvido nessa pesquisa para avaliar a flexibilidade.O dispositivo foi confeccionado numa impressora de tecnologia de impressão 3D. Foi realizada uma avaliação da usabilidade com 15 professores de Educação Física para o produto desenvolvido através da interação de usabilidade baseada no formulário System Sustainability Scale (SUS) que contém 10 questões de múltipla-escolha. Os dados obtidos por medidas objetivas determinadas foram avaliadas quanto à frequência, média e desvio padrão. Foram seguidas como médias aritméticas das três medidas realizadas em cada etapa. Para investigar realizou-se os testes de Mann-Whitney e de Kruskal-Wallis e a tradução de Spearman. Para todas as análises foram consideradas diferenças significativas p<0,05.Conclui-se que o dispositivo computadorizado para medir a flexibilidade articular é capaz de avaliar em graus a amplitude de movimento,

J Bodyw Mov Ther ; 22(3): 598-604, 2018 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30100283


Kinesio Taping® elastic tape is increasingly used in physiotherapy treatment. However, there is a lack of scientific research regarding the late effects of its use. This study quantified the late effects of applying the Kinesio Taping® elastic tape by measuring changes in handgrip muscle strength after 24, 48 and 72 h of application. The Kinesio Taping® elastic tape was applied on the dominant and non-dominant limbs of 36 volunteers randomly assigned to three groups: muscle facilitation, muscle inhibition and control group. The statistical test showed there was a statistically significant difference among all groups of dominant limb and non-dominant limb. However, the analysis on intragroup relationship to periods of application (Initial, 24, 48 and 72 h) and the interaction among repeated measures showed there was no statistically significant difference. This result may contribute to the investigation of the late effects of the Kinesio Taping® elastic tape on the physical rehabilitation.

Fita Atlética , Força da Mão/fisiologia , Modalidades de Fisioterapia , Adolescente , Adulto , Eletromiografia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Força Muscular/fisiologia , Adulto Jovem
Res. Biomed. Eng. (Online) ; 34(2): 102-109, Apr.-June 2018. tab, graf
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS | ID: biblio-956291


Abstract Introduction Grip and pinch movements are important to perform daily activities and to manipulate objects. In this paper we describe the development and evaluation of a peripheral device to quantify cylindrical grip, pulp-to-pulp pinch, pulp-to-side pinch strength and range of motion of children. Methods Three objects were selected: a door handle, a switch, and a key, which were instrumented with force sensing resistors to analyse the strength. Potentiometers were used to verify the range of motion and micro switches to assure the correct position of the fingers during the movement execution. Thirty volunteers (8.77 ± 1.28), both male and female, were selected to test the peripheral device functionality. Results The results determined the minimum necessary strength values for the object activation and maximum displacement, in which the values are 2.5N, 40°; 2.7N, 55°; and 2.8N, 100%, for door handle object, key object, and switch object, respectively. In the functionally tests, volunteers have shown a superior strength for activating each object and 73.33% of them have completed the range movement in the key object, 86.67% in the switch object, and 93.33% in the door handle object. Conclusion The developed peripheral device enabled the measurement of range and static and dynamic strength of grip and pinch movements of children.