Grant to help USC researchers study video game therapy

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Researchers at the University of South Carolina plan to use popular video game systems to help rehabilitate stroke victims.

The university's Arnold School of Public Health has been given $112,000 as part of a nationwide program.

Assistant professor Stacy Fritz said the school will use the Nintendo Wii (wee) and Playstation 2's EyeToy in the research project.

The video games require people to use their whole bodies to play. Fritz said she wants to see if the video game therapy is more effective than traditional rehabilitation exercises in helping stoke victims improve mobility, walking and balance.

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