31 Jan, 2015

Virtual table tennis drops the ball on gross motor skills

Medical Xpress | Psychology & Psychiatry | Michelle Wheeler | January 28, 2015

Children playing table tennis on a game console move their arms faster and further than those playing in real life but miss out on the development of key gross motor skills, according to a WA study.

The research analysed the movements of 10 to 12-year-old children playing table tennis on Nintendo Wii, Xbox Kinect and Sony Move and compared them to children playing table tennis in the .

Curtin University School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science Professor Leon Strakes says children playing the virtual games turn their wrist about 20 degrees more than those playing in real life.