Introduction: Insufficient physical activity may lead to poor body posture, especially during periods of rapid growth and development. As teenagers tend to find exercising boring and are unlikely to perform prescribed exercises at home, parental oversight and guidance is required.
Case study: The reported case pertains to the program of corrective symmetric exercises conducted at the Institute of Child and Youth Health Care of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, involving a group of five children of both genders aged 8−16 years, all of whom presented with poor body posture. Five treatments were performed in the first week, whereby patients engaged in exercises in the kinesitherapy room under the supervision of physiotherapist. In the second week, the same five treatments were conducted, but the children were assisted by a humanoid robot MARKO (in Serbian, MARKO is the acronym of Mobile Anthropomorphic Robot with Cognitive Characteristics). Each session lasted 30 minutes. Upon treatment completion, children were asked if they found exercising with the robot easier, whether the robot motivated them to persevere during the session and if they would be willing to continue exercising. All children rated robot-assisted exercises positively.
Conclusion: Involving a humanoid robot in a corrective exercise program can improve child engagement, as the exercises become more interesting and are thus better accepted by teenagers.
exercise, children, humanoid robot
Disclosure: This work was funded by the Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Serbia under contract III 44008.