Weber Medicine & Clinical Case Reports

June 2018, Vol. 4 (1), ISSN:2449-1624

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Research Article

Exercises for the Superior Members through the Kinect Program in Muscular Dystrophy Carriers

Alecsandra Luchetti Moreira, Gleicie Kenvel da Silva, Maria José Lopes Silva, Silvania Maria Dantas, Luciana Barcala & Rodrigo Mendonça


Accepted 18th January, 2018; Available Online 13nd June, 2018.


Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease characterized for its notable progression and for the degeneration of the muscle fibers, for that reason the physiotherapeutic treatment consists in enhance and/or keep the muscle strength, prevent muscle contractures and deformities, therefor keeping superior limbs functional. Based on the concepts presented, evaluating how much can weakness and fatigue intervene on the functionality of the superior limbs was the main goal of the research. To this end, two functionality scales were used: Functional Independence Measure and Fugl-Meyer. The evaluation was done before and after the proposed intervention. This is an unprecedented study, since this kind of intervention in patients was not found in any bibliography. The patients went through active freestyle exercises provided by Microsoft's program Kinect, in which many interactive, stimulant games are available, and demand those patients to do precise movements in a playful way, therefore assisting on the physiotherapeutic recovery. The exercises chosen in the research were "Kinect Sport" and "Your Shape Fitness". The researcher intervened throughout 10 weeks, two times a week, hence 20 sessions total, each session during 40 minutes long, afterwards all patients were examined. After the analyzes of the available data, evidence was shown that the Kinect has positive and meaningful results for the improvement of the superior limbs.

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