Assessing the Physiological Cost of Active Videogames (Xbox Kinect) Versus Sedentary Videogames in Young Healthy Males

Barry, Gillian, Tough, Daniel, Sheerin, Phillip, Mattinson, Oliver, Dawe, Rachael and Board, Elisabeth (2016) Assessing the Physiological Cost of Active Videogames (Xbox Kinect) Versus Sedentary Videogames in Young Healthy Males. Games for Health Journal, 5 (1). pp. 68-74. ISSN 2161-783X

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The aims of this study were twofold: (1) to compare the physiological costs of active videogames (AVGs) and sedentary videogames (SVGs) and (2) to compare the exercise intensities attained during AVGs with the exercise intensity criteria for moderate and vigorous physical activity, as stated in current physical activity recommendations for improving public health.

Materials and Methods:
Nineteen young males participated in the study (age, 23 ± 3 years; height, 178 ± 6 cm; weight, 78 ± 15 kg). Participants completed a maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max) test and a gaming session, including AVGs (“Reflex Ridge,” “River Rush,” and “Boxing” for the Microsoft [Redmond, WA] Kinect™) and SVGs (“FIFA 14” [Electronic Arts, Burnaby, BC, Canada] and “Call of Duty” [Activision, Santa Monica, CA]). Heart rate (HR) and oxygen uptake (VO2max) were recorded continuously during all videogames. Rating of perceived exertion (RPE) was taken every 3 minutes during AVGs and SVGs. Energy expenditure (EE), expressed as metabolic equivalents (METs), was calculated. One MET was defined as the volume of oxygen consumed at rest in a seated position and is equal to 3.5 mL of O2/kg of body mass/minute. The exercise intensity for each game was expressed as a percentage of VO2max and percentage of age-predicted maximum HR (HRmax).

Exercise intensity (percentage HRmax, percentage VO2max, and RPE) and EE (METs) were significantly higher during active gaming compared with sedentary gameplay (P < 0.01). AVGs elicited moderate levels of exercise intensity (64–72 percent HRmax) in line with current recommended physical activity guidelines.

Our results indicate AVGs provoke physiological responses equivalent to a moderate-intensity physical activity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 11:49
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:40

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