Warning: Playing Wii Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

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I have to wonder what the creators of Wii were thinking when they were developing the game. Could they have thought, “Many people who play video games are getting too fat, especially Americans. So let’s invent a game where they have to be active as well.” I’m not saying that is why they developed the game but it does make good sense.

Along that line of thinking, Wii should be a game that helps people get back into shape then – right?

Well, not for many who are finding themselves hospitalized with “Wii-itis” types of injuries.

In fact up to ten people a week are being hospitalized with injuries caused by playing Nintendo Wii games. This has prompted doctors in Britain to issue warnings of the dangers associated with the video game system.

“There has been a 100 percent increase in patients complaining of Wii-itis,” Dr. Dev Mukerjee of Broomfield Hospital, Essex, told The Sun newspaper.

Most patients are admitted after playing tennis or running games which involve sudden movements, resulting in tendon stretching or tearing.

“It’s possible Wii-itis may lead to rheumatism or arthritis later in life. Patients often have inflammation of the shoulder or wrist,” said Dr. Mukerjee.

Another common injury is dubbed Wii-knee which is blamed on the bending of the knee from the Wii-Fit game. This involves a special platform and a series of movements ranging from yoga to strength-training moves. In extreme cases, the kneecap can be dislocated or pop out of joint.

So it would seem that those who are playing Wii games that require a good deal of physical activity should get in shape prior to playing. Otherwise, they should go back to playing traditional video games that require no physical activity.

Original source at Fox News.