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Conclusion

The hypothesis that playing Wii sports video games can help inexperienced participants to improve their performance at sports is proven to be true.

Playing Wii sports video games in training mode helps players to understand the basics of the games and some of the techniques required for  each sport.. The video game helps the participants to be more mentally prepared in playing the actual games.But ultimately, nothing beats the real thing. A video game helps train you in terms of rythme, timing, and gives you a rough idea how to swing a bat, racket or club. But it's really not the same as the real thing - perhaps one day, technology will be so advanced that real sporting gear can be used to play the video game!

 

Also consider

The science fair project can be also be repeated with other sports such as race car driving, basket ball, or boxing.

Do you think video games help make a person smarter or think faster? What about reaction time? Try performing the drop test before, and after "training" on an action game (eg, a good old fashioned shoot-em-up game, or for that matter, any arcade/action game)
 

References

Wii sports - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_Sports

Incorporating video games into physical education - http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-161065915.html
 

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Complexity level:
6
Project cost ($):
120
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 14 days for science project experiment
Material availability:
You will need to borrow 2 Wii consoles with as many controllers as possible, and 2 copies of Wii Sports
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements