The authors thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Grant 66723) and the Georgetown Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest Grant for their support of our research in this area.
Exergames for Physical Education Courses: Physical, Social, and Cognitive Benefits
Version of Record online: 10 MAY 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development Perspectives © 2011 The Society for Research in Child Development
Child Development Perspectives
Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 93–98, June 2011
How to Cite
Staiano, A. E. and Calvert, S. L. (2011), Exergames for Physical Education Courses: Physical, Social, and Cognitive Benefits. Child Development Perspectives, 5: 93–98. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00162.x
- Issue online: 10 MAY 2011
- Version of Record online: 10 MAY 2011
- obesity control;
- social development;
- cognitive development
Abstract— Digital games combining exercise with game play, known as exergames, can improve youths’ health status and provide social and academic benefits. Exergame play increases caloric expenditure, heart rate, and coordination. Psychosocial and cognitive impacts of exergame play may include increased self-esteem, social interaction, motivation, attention, and visual–spatial skills. This article summarizes the literature on exergames, with a special emphasis on physical education courses and the potential of exergames to improve students’ physical health, as well as transfer effects that may benefit related physical, social, and academic outcomes.