December 23, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
Better watch those flailing arms and legs when you are playing Wii.
Fox News says that up to 10 gamers a week are going to the hospital with Wii-related injuries. Apparently, doctors in Britain have even come up with a video to warn people about the dangers. Keep in mind, though: This report is coming from The Sun, which also features the headline: “Pecs appeal: Is Obama simply the chest?”
However, I know that I’ve almost lost a tooth or two—especially during a round of Wii Fit. The Sun says there have been a few Fit injuries, but many come from running or tennis games.
“There has been a 100 percent increase in patients complaining of Wii-itis,” Dr. Dev Mukerjee of Broomfield Hospital, Essex, told The Sun. “It’s possible Wii-itis may lead to rheumatism or arthritis later in life. Patients often have inflammation of the shoulder or wrist.”
Still, will the threat of injury keep people away from the Wii? It’s doubtful, considering Nintendo sold over 3 million Wiis in November alone. Aside from stretching, make sure you have plenty of space to perform Wii activities.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.