Pop Culture
Jun 24, 2008, 09:40AM

Nintendo Hospital

It's been advertised as a fun way for kids to enjoy their video games while still getting some exercise (which in itself is a stretch) but now, one hospital in Illinois is using the Nintendo Wii as a physical therapy exercise. Yes. From the people who brought you Donkey Kong.

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Video games have made their way out of the family room and into the outpatient program of a Danville hospital.

Following a growing national trend in injury treatment, Provena United Samaritans Medical Center recently integrated the Nintendo Wii, a game system encouraging a wide range of physical motion, into its therapy program in hopes of adding a recreational yet beneficial spin on the recovery process.

From tennis and golf to baseball and bowling, patients are able to take advantage of the technology's versatility by interacting with a variety of games under the watchful eye of their therapist.


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