Autumn 2008 / Leading Edge

Jo-Anne Marcuz is using Nintendo’s Wii video game system to help kids in recovery

Wii Controller
At the Hospital for Sick Children, physical therapist Jo-Anne Marcuz (MScPT 2003) is using Nintendo’s popular Wii video game system to help kids recovering from a broken bone or who have a chronic illness such as arthritis. Physiotherapy can be painful and some kids find it boring. The Wii, with its motion-sensitive controller, entices kids to move in ways that mimic traditional physical therapy exercises. It also distracts them from the task at hand – and that can mean faster improvement.

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