As the popularity of Nintendo’s exergaming console Wii continues to rise, tales of Wii- related chronic and acute injuries follow suit. While no hard research has been produced, an Internet search details incidences of black eyes from wayward controllers, elbow tendonitis and even knee dislocations. Help your clients avoid injury with safety tips from tech-savvy IDEA author and presenter Biray Alsac, MS.
Get Warm. Just as you would ready yourself for any type of physical activity, avoid jumping into an active game without adequate preparation. A few functional pregame exercises might include wrist circles, opening and closing the fists, forward and backward shoulder rolls, head lateral flexion/extension and the cat/cow pose.
Break It Up. Game play is entertaining and can be addictive. Repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are common among video game players. Schedule regular 5- to 10-minute rest breaks to reduce the potential for such conditions.
Avoid Eye Strain. Increased screen time can lead to eye strain and general discomfort. Give your eyes a break by complementing game time with screen-free activities.
Play Unrestricted. Wear clothes that allow full range of motion and adequate ventilation.
Hide Health Hazards. It is common for players to crash into nearby furniture or to lose their grasp of the Wii controller. Clear adequate space and use the provided wrist straps to lessen acute injury potential.