The Reading / Listening - Level 5

A new report says playing card games can help stroke patients recover just as much as virtual reality games. Researchers conducted tests on 141 patients to determine whether gaming or traditional games was better at treating strokes. They found that playing cards, games like dominoes, and even throwing paper balls into a basket improved patients' motor skills. Playing bingo or using a Wii games console also aided recovery. The researchers reported that if the task used to recover motor skills is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help.



A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. It can lead to death. Stroke sufferers usually experience physical changes such as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a loss of strength in the limbs. The researchers said it wasn't clear if virtual reality games or traditional games helped sufferers more. A researcher said: "We…have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that's not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities…may be as effective as technology."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36638178
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/stroke-recovery-1.3655273
  • http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/smh-alp062316.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. help stroke patients
  2. virtual reality
  3. researchers conducted
  4. games like
  5. throwing paper balls
  6. a Wii games console also
  7. used to recover motor
  8. gets the hands and arms
  1. tests on 141 patients
  2. dominoes
  3. moving
  4. into a basket
  5. recover
  6. skills
  7. aided recovery
  8. games

Paragraph 2

  1. the blood supply to the
  2. It can lead
  3. experience physical
  4. drooping face
  5. slurred
  6. a loss of strength
  7. better than old-
  8. sometimes that's not
  1. speech
  2. changes
  3. fashioned strategies
  4. brain is cut off
  5. the case
  6. to death
  7. in the limbs
  8. muscles

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new report says playing card games (1) ___________________ patients recover (2) ___________________ virtual reality games. Researchers conducted tests on 141 patients to (3) ___________________ gaming or traditional games was better at treating strokes. They found that playing cards, games like dominoes, and even throwing paper (4) ___________________ improved patients' motor skills. Playing bingo or using a Wii games console (5) ___________________. The researchers reported that if the task used to recover motor skills (6) ___________________ and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help.

A stroke happens when the (7) ___________________ the brain is cut off. It can lead to death. Stroke sufferers usually experience (8) ___________________ as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a loss of strength in the limbs. The researchers said it (9) ___________________ reality games or traditional games helped sufferers more. A researcher said: "We…have the (10) ___________________ that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes (11) ___________________. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities… (12) ___________________ as technology."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewreportsaysplayingcardgamescanhelpstrokepatientsrecoverju
stasmuchasvirtualrealitygames.Researchersconductedtestson141p
atientstodeterminewhethergamingortraditionalgameswasbetteratt
reatingstrokes.Theyfoundthatplayingcards,gameslikedominoes,an
deventhrowingpaperballsintoabasketimprovedpatients'motorskills.
PlayingbingoorusingaWiigamesconsolealsoaidedrecovery.Theresea
rchersreportedthatifthetaskusedtorecovermotorskillsisintensive,re
petitiveandgetsthehandsandarmsmoving,itwillhelp.Astrokehappen
swhenthebloodsupplytothebrainiscutoff.Itcanleadtodeath.Strokesu
fferersusuallyexperiencephysicalchangessuchasdroopingfacemuscl
es,slurredspeechandalossofstrengthinthelimbs.Theresearcherssaid
itwasn'tclearifvirtualrealitygamesortraditionalgameshelpedsufferer
smore.Aresearchersaid:"We…havethetendencytothinkthatnewtech
nologyisbetterthanold-fashionedstrategies,butsometimesthat'snot
thecase.Inthisstudy,wefoundthatsimplerecreationalactivities…may
beaseffectiveastechnology."

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