How close to the Wii thing?

How close to the Wii thing?


Exercise Science lends itself well to research for students with so many possibilities to test relatable theories while having fun doing it - from comparing physical fitness of baseball players by position to the relationship between running and jumping to any number of variables involving body fat percentage and cardiac responses.

And Bloomsburg University’s undergraduate and graduate exercise science programs do it quite well, regularly involving student participants from many academic disciplines across campus. The results are often nationally recognized.

In addition to the department’s traditional spring showcase of work at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meetings and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine conference, one recent master’s degree graduate brought home additional recognition last fall for his research on “Nintendo Wii Free Run vs. Treadmill Running: A Comparison of Physiological and Metabolic Data” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting.

Wii Exercise Science Research

Charles Brightbill ‘13M won the Graduate Student Research Award for his collaborative research with Andrea Fradkin, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, on the comparison of physiological and metabolic data between Nintendo Wii free running vs. treadmill running.

In essence, Brightbill looked at whether exerting yourself on the Wii fitness stage was equal to traditional treadmill exercise.

This past spring Fradkin took Brightbill’s theory a step further, researching the physiological and biomechanical differences between playing Wii tennis and playing traditional hard-court tennis. The results, which are still being studied, will assuredly be useful, according to two BU student-athletes participating in the study.