bradvanhorn Posted March 29, 2011 Report Share Posted March 29, 2011 Since I'm still struggling with dizziness and imbalance problems since my concussion last summer, the doctors have repeatedly warned me against riding motorcycles. I still ride once in a while, but mostly on my VMAX (the upright position is easier on my neck), and usually with much restraint. The problems have greatly diminished, but I'm still not fully comfortable on the bike, especially after one incident (on my RC51) where my brain suddenly screamed "you're falling!" (my whole body felt like it was free falling to the left) even though everything was totally fine. I recall watching some Motogp and World Superbike races last season, and in some of the rider interviews I heard mention some of them use PS3 or XBOX console systems to play racing games and familiarize themselves with tracks. Obviously it is not real racing, but I recall one rider saying he could use the game learn some things about the track (the graphics have gotten very realistic the last few years) to start preparing for the upcoming real race. While I was in vestibular therapy, I was introduced to balance games on the Wii game console as a form of rehab. Since it seemed to be at least partially effective, I eventually bought my own Wii so I could do the same exercises at home. Later a quick Google search revealed a Motogp game for the Wii. Having tied all these things together, about two months ago I bought the Mototgp game and started playing almost daily on the Wii. The simulation isn't perfect, and obviously lacks a whole lot of reality, but I did find I could try to do some of the mental tasks: look up the track, set entry speed, look for turn-in points, find the mid-corner, look for the exit, etc. A few weeks ago I realized I was leaning without really thinking about it, and so I took it another step: I moved to the edge of the chair and I would try to shift my weight a little to set-up for the upcoming corner (I haven't figured out how to hang off my chair yet ). This had me thinking about weight shift while on the gas/right before braking/rolling off the throttle (as poorly simlated as these functions are). I know there is a vast difference between this and real riding, but I have found this gives me some satisfaction of going through the motions, but without putting me in danger on the street. I could drone on, but I'm sure you get the idea. So, now I'm curious, has anyone else tried using computer or console games in this way? Whether as a way to see or "ride" a track, or as therapy, or just for good fun? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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