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They may consider games like Nintendo Wii and Dance Dance Revolution for physical training purposes

The Navy has frequently been seen in the headlines  for advancements made from using hardware technology to get its aircraft and fighting vehicles into shape; it may now turn to software technology to get its newest recruits in motion and out onto the playing field.

Navy officials are weighing in on using interactive video games like the Nintendo Wii and
Dance Dance Revolution to help new enlistees build up endurance and get past boot camp.   There is a growing concern that those who are currently enlisting require more work to get into shape than was needed with past recruits.  Officials are attributing it to a more sedentary lifestyle.

Recent studies indicate that the Wii has little effect on family fitness, but that has not stopped the Navy from heavily considering the possibility of using interactive games in the training of its recruits.   According to the
Navy Times, Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Adam Robinson believes that most young people prefer computers and video games to sports and other physical activities.  Using interactive video games, in conjunction with traditional training could help new recruits when it comes to endurance, Robinson said.

"There are lots of programs now that people can [use to] become very physically active while they’re using interactive computer games," said Robinson. "So, in other words, this isn’t about [starting] with computers and stopping [everything else] — because we’re not going to do that. This is about incorporating those types of activities into something that people can use to become more physically active."

Robinson added  that there has been an issue in terms of physical fitness.  More new recruits are injured in basic training because they are not used to the amount of standing and running that is required and they have found that women in boot camp suffer more bone injuries than in the past, Robinson said.

"There have been more fractures and femur fractures and long-bone fractures in some of our young female recruits, and that’s related to the amount of activity and a sedentary lifestyle that they’ve had before they’ve entered the service and then the uptick in physical activity after they’re in the service."

The plan is still in the early stages and there is no timeline set for video game use in basic training.



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By MrBlastman on 5/28/2010 9:02:01 AM , Rating: 2
I think there are many ways the Navy could use Video Games to better extent than physical training. The Wii Fit is hardly the best platform for physical fitness. I think the Navy is really missing the ball on this...

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/08/18/v...

There have been several studies recently, the above is just one of many, that have shown that Video Games dramatically increase the mental aptitude of the gamer. I pressent to you the results of one study that shows that Surgeons benefit greatly from playing video games. In a nutshell, surgeons who played games were 27% faster and made 37% fewer errors than those who didn't.

To be fair, these were laproscopic surgeons, so control manipulation of a remote surgical platform was crucial for their profession. I have seen other studies that relate to general surgeons as well. The point is, they develop advanced mental acuity, awareness, strategic thinking, and ability to execute while under pressure.

I think the Navy is missing the ball here. They should instead, be using these games to enhance in their officers the mental repertoire needed to operate under high-stress situations such as those in combat or emergencies. The Army or Marines could benefit from this as well. The Navy especially could use it with enlisted men that work in say the Air Traffic Control of a flight deck or even the flight deck crew themselves as it already is a high stress situation even without combat being involved.




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