ANCHOR LEAD: DO VIDEO GAMES SUCH AS WII RESULT IN INJURY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Wii and other video games are becoming increasingly popular as forms of exercise, but some critics report overuse injuries when the games are played excessively. Edward McFarland, a sports medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, says he’s yet to see a Wii related injury.
MCFARLAND: In most of the games most people are not really involved in as violent a motion as would be seen in real life, so when you’re throwing a baseball in Wii or swinging a bat in Wii there’s obviously no resistance really, except for the thing you hold in your hand, so the forces on your extremities are nowhere near in Wii what they would be in normal life, so I’ve not had anybody come to my office yet complaining of tendinitis from playing Wii but I’m sure the day will come. :25
McFarland says anyone who’s playing Wii to the degree that they develop an overuse injury in the shoulder or elsewhere should first consider actual sports participation as a means of exercising. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.