Apr
24
2009

Got Wii knee? Virtual video game activities lead to real injuries

Is he hurt or happy?: Doctors are reporting seeing an increase in injuries incurred by people playing Wii games. Is this guy one of them?
Is he hurt or happy?: Doctors are reporting seeing an increase in injuries incurred by people playing Wii games. Is this guy one of them?Courtesy Joits
It shouldn’t be surprising that the growing Wii phenomenon is making an impact at medical clinics. And I guess it only makes sense – a video game that encourages people to get up off the couch and move around actively is going to lead people into injuries.

Despite imbedded reminders in the game that participants should take an occasional break, doctors are reporting seeing an uptick in the number of “repetitive stress injuries” incurred from doing the same motions over and over. They’re also seeing some ankle sprains, twisted knees and other traumatic injuries caused by Wii activities.

Seems to me that just like with “real” physical activities, people would be better off doing some pre-Wii stretching, pacing themselves and shuffling up the Wii activities they play.

Do you have a Wii injury story? Share it here with other Buzz readers. What do you think can be done to reduce the health risks of playing Wii?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Roosevelt81's picture
Roosevelt81 says:

Seriously, Wii Injuries? Sounds like a combination of doing too much of a good thing and couch potatoes going from nothing to something (MPH). The Px: Ease out of the basement and Opt for a nice walk outside every now and then.

posted on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 4:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

for sure.

if people are honestly getting wii injuries, maybe they should get up off the couch more often.

i mean...come on, injuries from a video game?

posted on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 4:55pm
shaunalynn10's picture

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posted on Thu, 05/21/2009 - 4:47pm

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