Interactive Video Games as a Method to Increase Physical Activity Levels in Children Treated for Leukemia.

Kowaluk A; Woźniewski M;

Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland) [Healthcare (Basel)] 2022 Apr 06; Vol. 10 (4).
Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Apr 06.

Despite the beneficial effect of exercise, children treated for cancer do not engage in sufficient physical activity. It is necessary to search for attractive forms of physical activity, including interactive video games (IVGs). The aim of this study was to verify the effectiveness of the rehabilitation model developed by the authors based on the use of IVGs in children undergoing leukemia treatment. The study included a group of 21 children aged 7-13 years (12 boys, 9 girls) undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) ( n = 13) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) ( n = 8). The children were randomly assigned to an intervention group and a control group. To assess the level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), each child participated in a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test. Daily physical activity was assessed using the HBSC questionnaire. The study also used the Children’s Effort Rating Table Scale (CERT) to assess the intensity of physical effort. The children in the intervention group participated in 12 sessions of. The study participants managed to complete all stages of a progressive training program, which confirmed the feasibility of such physical effort by patients with cancer. Pediatric patients reported that the IVG training required a light to moderate physical effort despite high values of energy expenditure (EE).