Validity and Reliability of the Nintendo Wii in Measuring Standing Balance

  • Field-Eaton S
  • Orloff H
  • Nakamura B
  • et al.
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The purpose of this study was to determine the validity and reliability of balance measures using the Nintendo Wii Balance Board. Twenty-four male and female subjects participated in this study. Left-foot, right-foot and two-foot stances were used to assess balance. It has been shown that force platforms provide a quantitative, valid analysis of balance through measurements of center of pressure (CoP). Pearson-product moment correlation coefficients (α<0.05) between mean CoP velocities and Wii Balance Board scores were used for analysis. The correlation coefficients between CoPx+y and trial one Wii scores for the two-foot, left-foot, and right-foot stances were 0.125, 0.086, and 0.254, respectively. This data suggested that the Wii Balance Board was not a valid measuring tool of standing balance. Reliability was not determined because validity was not established




Field-Eaton, S. D., Orloff, H. A., Nakamura, B. H., & Olesh, E. V. (2011). Validity and Reliability of the Nintendo Wii in Measuring Standing Balance. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43(Suppl 1), 529.

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