The trend of using technology-based interactive games (e.g. video games) to increase physical activity and fitness levels is well documented in both popular and scientific literature. Indeed, active gaming is becoming more visible by its use in K-12 schools, recreation centers, rehabilitation clinics, public and private fitness facilities and retirement homes. Many individuals have, or are considering, using gaming technology as part of their physical activity or fitness program. At Coastal Carolina University, we have developed an active gaming facility designed to meet educational, recreational and research objectives for individuals of all ages and abilities.
The exergame lab at Coastal Carolina University is a fully functional active gaming motor lab within the department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies. Located in Williams Brice 156, this 800 square foot lab houses a wide variety of exergaming and interactive fitness equipment including: Dance Dance Revolution, T-Wall, Xavix, Cateye, Nintendo Wii, 3-Kick, Treadwall and Microsoft Kinect. Coming soon, the exergame lab will house new Gamercize steppers and spin trainers that will add more variety and enhance the exergame experience for students, faculty and the Horry County community.
The exergame lab conducts a wide variety of exergaming/physiological research and also acts as a valuable academic resource within EXSS, RSM, HPRO and EDPE classes. Past academic lectures include: Technology Within the Leisure Setting, Motivating Elementary Age Students to be Physically Active, Physical Activity for Students with Disabilities, Assessment Within the Affective Domain, Calculating Target Heart Rate, Open/Closed Loop Control, Proprioception and Reflexive Control. The exergame lab is also available for community use and is used on a regular basis by Horry County Disability Services.
For further information regarding research or any other questions regarding the exergaming lab, please contact Tim Meyler at email@example.com or 843.349.4183.
Effects of exergaming on balance with older adults
Effects of exergaming and traditional physical activity on reported health, physical activity and cardiovascular responses.