Using virtual reality-based rehabilitation in sarcopenic older adults in rural health care facilities-a quasi-experimental study

Guan Bo Chen, Che Wei Lin, Hung Ya Huang, Yi Jhen Wu, Hung Tzu Su, Shu Fen Sun, Sheng Hui Tuan

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Abstract

Because of a shortage of health care providers, providing rehabilitation in health care facilities is difficult. Virtual reality-based rehabilitation is effective in older populations. There are only a few studies among patients with sarcopenia. This is a quasi-experimental, single-group, pretest-posttest design evaluating the clinical effectiveness of virtual reality-based progressive resistance training among residents aged over 60 years with sarcopenia in rural care facilities. The authors used Oculus Rift with headsets to provide the virtual reality-based progressive resistance training. The authors administered the program twice per week, 30 min per session, for 12 weeks. The primary outcomes were dominant handgrip strength, walking speed, and appendicular skeletal muscle mass index. Data from 30 participants were analyzed. Significant improvements in handgrip strength and walking speed were observed. Although an increasing trend in appendicular skeletal muscle mass index was observed, it did not reach statistical significance. The authors concluded that the virtual reality-based progressive resistance training is partially effective in older sarcopenic adults in health care facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-877
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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