Effects of active exergames training on physical functional performance in older females (Efectos del entrenamiento de exergames activos sobre el rendimiento físico funcional en mujeres mayores)


  • Jordan Hernandez-Martínez Universidad de Los Lagos
  • Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo Universidad de Los Lagos
  • Cristian Álvarez Universidad de Los Lagos
  • Pablo Antonio Valdés-Badilla Universidad Autónoma de Chile
  • Jason Moran University Center Hartpury
  • Mikel Izquierdo Public University of Navarre



Palabras clave:

physical fitness, resistance training, frail elderly, aged, video games, exercise (condición física, entrenamiento de resistencia, ancianos frágiles, envejecido, videojuegos, ejercicio)


Objective: To analyze the effects of 8 weeks of an active exergames training program on walking speed, static balance, timed up-and-go test, and sit-to-stand performance in older females. Methods: Two groups of participants were formed by block design randomization as follows: (i) control group (n=12; age, 74.1±7.9 years); (ii) 8 week exergames training group (n=13; age, 75.6±9.1 years). Training was undertaken three times per week, including athletic, bowling and table tennis exergames. Each exergame had a duration of 8 min, with 2 min of recovery between exergames. The intensity of the training sessions was controlled using the 10-point rating of perceived exertion scale. Results: Group×time interactions were observed for the 4 m walking speed test, static balance test, timed up-and-go test and the 5-repetition sit- to-stand test (all p<0.01; d=0.46 0.80). Conclusion: Exergames training improve physical functional performance in older females. These results should be considered when designing appropriate and better training programs for older adults, since active exergames training it is an affordable and low-cost alternative for community centres and preventive health units working with this population.

Biografía del autor/a

Jordan Hernandez-Martínez, Universidad de Los Lagos


Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo, Universidad de Los Lagos

Researcher of Laboratory of Human Performance. Quality of Life and Wellness Research Group. Department of Physical Activity Sciences. Universidad de Los Lagos. Osorno, Chile.

Cristian Álvarez, Universidad de Los Lagos

Researcher of Laboratory of Human Performance. Quality of Life and Wellness Research Group. Department of Physical Activity Sciences. Universidad de Los Lagos. Osorno, Chile.

Pablo Antonio Valdés-Badilla, Universidad Autónoma de Chile

Docente-Investigador de la carrera de Pedagogía en Educación Física de la Universidad Autónoma de Chile

Jason Moran, University Center Hartpury

Researcher of Department of Sport, University Center Hartpury (University of the West of England), Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Mikel Izquierdo, Public University of Navarre

Researcher of Department of Health Sciences. Public University of Navarre. Pamplona, Spain.


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Hernandez-Martínez, J., Ramirez-Campillo, R., Álvarez, C., Valdés-Badilla, P. A., Moran, J., & Izquierdo, M. (2022). Effects of active exergames training on physical functional performance in older females (Efectos del entrenamiento de exergames activos sobre el rendimiento físico funcional en mujeres mayores). Cultura, Ciencia Y Deporte, 17(51). https://doi.org/10.12800/ccd.v17i51.1658



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