Graduation Date

Spring 2023

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Rock Braithwaite

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

David Adams

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Jill Anderson

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Exergaming, Wii-Fit, Special education, Disabilities, Fitness outcomes, Health related fitness, Xbox Kinect, VR

Subject Categories



Background: The high prevalence of obesity in America can be attributed to the lack of resources and physical activity for students with disabilities. This meta-analysis presents how current literature on exergaming affects the Health Related Fitness, Skill Related Fitness, and Motor Skills of students with a diagnosed disability.

Method: The search strategy for this meta-analysis was to identify previous studies using specific keywords (e.g., Exergaming, Wii-Fit, VR, Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education). Studies were included and sorted based on inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Results: Based on 20 studies that met the inclusion criteria, there were increased fitness outs, however not enough studies were found to make conclusive statements about the results.

Conclusion: Exergaming has the potential to increase health benefits for students with disabilities, however more data is needed to fully understand the health effects of exergaming.

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