Biomechanical comparison between traditional hula-hooping and Nintendo Wii hula-hooping

Crowther, Robert G. and Morken, Carina and Pohlmann, Jessica M. (2015) Biomechanical comparison between traditional hula-hooping and Nintendo Wii hula-hooping. Journal of Fitness Research, 4 (1). pp. 3-8.


Introduction: The use of gaming consoles for exercise training and rehabilitation has been gaining popularity
however, research comparing exercises performed with gaming consoles vs. traditional methods are lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the muscle activity and lower limb joint movement during Nintendo Wii Hula-Hooping and traditional Hula-Hooping.
Methods: Participants (N = 14) performed Nintendo Wii Hula-Hooping and traditional Hula-Hopping while lower limb joint kinematics and core (erector spinae, external oblique and rectus abdominis) muscle activities were recorded via optical infrared cameras and surface electromyography respectively.
Results: Nintendo Wii Hula-Hooping pelvis (obliquity, tilt and rotation) and hip (sagittal plane) range of
movement were significantly (P < .05) greater than during traditional Hula-Hooping. Traditional Hula-Hooping
displayed significantly (P < .05) more external oblique, rectus abdominis and erector spine muscle activation
than the Nintendo Wii Hula-Hooping.
Conclusion: Although differences between Nintendo Wii Hula-Hooping and traditional Hula-Hooping conditions exist, the use of these methods may be more dependent on the exercise therapy program that has been designed for the client and the capacity of the client.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: C. 2016 Australian Institute of Fitness. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 04:12
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 04:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exercise; user-computer interface; electromyography
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110601 Biomechanics

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