Michigan hospital uses Pokemon Go to get kids to do physical therapy

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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Michigan is using Pokemon Go to help get young patients to do physical therapy. (KGO-TV)

Doctors at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Michigan is using Pokemon Go to help get young patients do physical therapy.

"If i'm trying to get a kid to raise his arms up or to squat down, I can say: 'Hey the guy is a little bit lower, can you reach down and get him?' And that's just a really tricky way to get a kid to do that occupational therapy or physical therapy, the exercises that he was screaming and crying about five minutes ago that he didn't want to do," a hospital employee said.

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Hospital staff members said the wildly popular game also helps kids get out of bed, and explore the hospital making it a less scary place.

They say the app is raising the general atmosphere of happiness in the hospital.

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