K24 — June 2010 — Wiiitis
Intro: Millions of people use video gaming systems for fun and to get some exercise. Being active while you play can be good for your health, but doctors continue to see certain types of injuries. If you don't heed the product warnings to take it easy while you play, you could end up with what some call Wiiitis.
"YAY, IT'S A STRIKE!" NOEL BLAIR HAS WIIITIS.
"BASICALLY WE CALL IT WII-BUTT."
SHE PULLED HER PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE BOWLING.
"I PRACTICED QUITE A BIT. 8 OR 9 GAMES AT A TIME." AN OVER USE INJURY.
"I WAS BENDING AND THROWING THE BALL, EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NO BALL TO THROW."
"WIIITIS IS AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING CATCH PHRASE TO DISCUSS ALL OVER-USE INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE WII.
SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR JENNIFER ROTH HAS TREATED SEVERAL WIIITIS SUFFERERS. ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON DR. JOHN SPERLING, HAS TOO.
"I THINK THE REAL BENEFIT OF WII IS THAT IT'S REALLY GOTTEN PEOPLE INVOLVED IN CERTAIN SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES THEY NEVER REALLY WOULD HAVE BEFORE."
"BUT, IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL YOU COULD GET HURT. AND IT'S NOT JUST WII'S THAT CAN CAUSE INJURIES. OTHER GAMING SYSTEMS CAN PUT YOU AT RISK TOO. SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO HEED THE WARNINGS. DON'T OVER DO IT."
"THIS IS WII BOXING. YOU CAN SEE WHEN HE'S THROWING PUNCHES THERE, THERE'S REALLY NO RESISTANCE WHATSOEVER. HE'S SWINGING THROUGH AND AS HE SWINGS HIS ARM THROUGH, THERE'S NOTHING TO DECELERATE THE ARM AS WOULD NORMALLY OCCUR IN REGULAR BOXING."
OVER EXTENSION AND OVER USE CAN CAUSE INFLAMMATION AND PAIN. IN THE SHOULDER, ELBOW, WRIST AND, AS NOEL SAYS, THE BUTT.
"I WAS ABSOLUTELY HOBBLING AROUND. TO EVERYBODY IT WAS A BIG JOKE. JUST HILARIOUS."
SHE LOVES THE FACT THAT THE WII KEEPS HER MOVING. SO NOEL'S STILL THROWING STRIKES – MORE CAREFULLY.
FOR MEDICAL EDGE, I'M VIVIEN WILLIAMS.
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