It’s not just that your kids are going to get all uppity and in your face after they completely trounce you in Mario Kart or Bowling, playing the Wii can actually be physically dangerous — at least, that’s the warning one doctor is giving after suffering from infraspinatus tendinitis — an inflammation of the back of the shoulder — himself, caused by a Christmas Day round of Wii Tennis. So should we all put our video game systems up for sale on Craigslist or eBay?
Video game-related injuries are nothing new — my mates and I were well acquainted with what we called “Robotron Elbow” nearly thirty years ago — but the unique properties of the Nintendo Wii system offer additional opportunities for harm that other systems do not. Dr. Bill Elliott says that people are getting walloped by overly enthusiastic players and the Wii Fit balance board — an amazing bit of technology, in my opinion — has been responsible for at least one broken foot. I know my kids get pretty wild when they play some of the more active games.
Still, Dr. Elliott notes that, in the grand scheme of things, the Wii is probably not a serious threat to anyone’s health but that it doesn’t hurt to be a little cautious and “avoid the same repetitive activity day after day.” Sounds like a good idea to me.