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

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Crowther, Robert G., 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.
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Biomechanical comparison between traditional hula-hooping and Nintendo Wii hula-hooping

ERA Journal ID210876
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCrowther, Robert G. (Author), Morken, Carina (Author) and Pohlmann, Jessica M. (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Fitness Research
Journal Citation4 (1), pp. 3-8
Number of Pages6
Year2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN2201-5655
Web Address (URL)http://fitnessresearch.edu.au/journal-view/biomechanical-comparison-between-traditional-hula-107
Abstract

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.

KeywordsExercise; user-computer interface; electromyography
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420701. Biomechanics
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Health and Wellbeing
James Cook University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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