Metabolic and Physiologic Responses to Video Game Play in 7- to 10-Year-Old Boys

Xuewen Wang, Arlette C. Perry
2006 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine  
Objective: To examine the metabolic, physiologic, and hemostatic responses to action video game play in a group of young boys. Design: Comparison study. Setting: Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology, University of Miami. Participants: Twenty-one boys aged 7 to 10 years. Main Outcome Measures: Blood pressure monitored before and during game play and blood glucose and lactate levels measured before and immediately after game play. Measurements were continuously recorded throughout game
more » ... d throughout game play. Dependent t tests were used to compare measurements recorded at baseline and during or after game play. Effect sizes using the Cohen d were examined for comparisons. Results: Significant increases from baseline were found for heart rate (18.8%; PϽ.001), systolic (22.3%; PϽ.001)
doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.4.411 pmid:16585487 fatcat:z6moy4nc65hvteenkpmtkr3i6y