Motor learning and feedback

These following elements are of interest for learning motor skills during treatment (Stroke 2014 Guideline by KNGF): 

  • the exercise should be tailored to the client
  • the exercises must have sufficient repetition
  • verbal and non-verbal feedback must be given on implementation 
  • the motivation to learn should be increased by informing the client of the purpose, by coaching and by giving (positive) feedback


A review by Holden (2005) shows that games enhance the motivation of the client. This allows the client to practice longer and much more often, without it being experienced as a burden. The continuous feedback from the games enhances motivation. This includes both direct feedback (am I doing well or not) as well as insight into long-term performance improvement. 

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Therapy adherence 

Rhodes et al. (2009) showed that exercising with video games leads to higher therapy adherence than exercise without video games. The research shows that higher therapy adherence is caused because participants have more fun training with video games than without. Lohse et al. (2013) described that video games lead to voluntary participation, extension of practice time and a high possibility of repeating the exercise. These factors increase motivation and could once again contribute to greater therapy adherence.

Intrinsic motivation is high when using SilverFit

In cooperation with Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) we examined levels of motivation when using the SilverFit. This showed that rehabilitation patients especially experienced intrinsic motivation; they trained not to achieve something, but because they enjoyed it. This type of motivation usually leads to the highest compliance. The therapists also indicated that the SilverFit caused more enthusiasm and more movement during therapy sessions (Oudheusden, 2013). 

Balance and mobility

Darekar et al. (2015) wrote a review on the effect of virtual therapy on balance and mobility after a stroke. The results of the review showed that interventions with virtual therapy had significant positive effects on dynamic balance, walking speed and waking quality in comparison to interventions without virtual therapy. 

Silverfit exercise is the best balance game

At the University of Trondheim in Norway, Skjaeret et al. (2014) compared three different games to train balance. One of those games was a SilverFit game, the mole game. The study looked at 5 movement aspects of balance. Of the three games that were tested, the mole game scored best on all aspects. The mole game also scored highest on the System Usability Scale (SUS; Nawaz et al. 2014).

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Fall prevention protocol on SilverFit

Van Gastel & van der Burgt (2012) developed a fall prevention protocol for the SilverFit with the goal of improving balance, gait and muscle strength in the lower extremities. After a period of 6 weeks in which 1-hour training sessions with the SilverFit took place twice a week, they saw progress in the results of each participant for tests such as the Timed Up & Go, the Berg Balance Scale, and the Timed Chair Stand test. The fall prevention protocol is one of the protocols that are included in the SilverFit.

Encouraging exercise in the ward

In the study of Van Wijngaarden (2014), one of the goals was to increase the number of training moments for the geriatric orthopaedic rehabilitant to two moments daily of 20 to 30 minutes. These training moments occurred at the physiotherapist’s and in the ward under the direction of caregivers and occupational therapists.  After a period of 6 weeks, the percentage of clients that trained 2 times a day increased from 0 to 60%.


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