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04 October 2010 :: 16:10:45 pm 42086

Gaming Injuries Rise with Advent of Interactive Consoles

Interactive electronic games such as the Nintendo Wii are producing their own brand of player injuries, according to a US doctors report.
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United States, the 4th of October 2010: At a conference in San Francisco doctors heard that movements involved in interactive play were leading to greater reports of strains and sprains in feet, shoulders and ankles than ever before.

Wild swings of the console’s (Wii’s) interactive remote also accounted for dozens of “bystander injuries”, with children most hurt by incidents of this nature.

The phenomenon of gaming console injuries is not a new one, but in bygone era’s injuries were confined to the overuse of fingers or hands during marathon periods of button pushing.

The advent of the Nintendo Wii in 2006 however, heralded a new type of gaming in which the remote could be swung to mimic the movements of a particular sport or gaming character.

Researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia looked at the data kept on the US “National Electronic Injury Surveillance System”, which gathers information from hospital emergency departments. Over a five-year period 92 injuries out of 696 were attributed to interactive gaming.

The report suggested that “victims” of bystander injuries tended to be younger than 10-years-old, and the research authors called for younger children to be more heavily supervised to prevent these.

Nintendo’s own safety instructions make it clear that players should give each other enough room, as well as using a wrist strap and silicone cover designed to reduce the risk of the remote flying off sideways during a more enthusiastic swing.

A spokesman for Nintendo said: “As with any new activity, people playing the Wii system should pace themselves and not overdo it.”

She said that as well as following the safety instructions, and taking breaks, players should be reminded that the Wii remote did not need “excessive and forceful actions” to register movement.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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