Virtual reality could help with balance, mobility, study finds

mcknightsseniorliving | March 19, 2019

Virtual reality could be an effective form of rehabilitation for long-term dizziness caused by vision changes, which can affect balance and mobility, according to the results of a new study.For the research, 20 healthy women and men at Lund University in Sweden watched a virtual reality simulation of a roller coaster ride while standing on a platform that helped scientists see how their balance was affected when they had a strong sensation of moving. The investigators learned that the human balance system can very quickly adapt to rely on senses other than vision — such as sensory information from feet, joints and muscles — to increase postural stability.“We know that older people, to a greater extent than young people, use vision to maintain postural stability. The lessons from this study will, therefore, be an important incentive to introduce new training methods for the older — for example using VR technology to prevent falls,” said Eva Ekvall Hansson, Ph.D., a researcher and associate professor of physiotherapy at Lund University.

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More than ever, school and district leaders are increasing their focus on two goals related to student success: closing the academic achievement gap and making sure all K–12 students are equipped with the skills they need to be successful in college and in today’s competitive workforce. The metric for evaluating the most successful schools in the United States has shifted from an exclusive focus on graduation rates to assessing academic and global skill competencies. Students who master the new competencies and are prepared to face an uncertain future in the global information economy and society represent the new standard of success. They are what is known as “future ready.”

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