To say that Wii injuries are an epidemic would be an overstatement, but they are proliferating along with the popular video-game system. Interviews with orthopedists and sports medicine physicians revealed few serious injuries, but rather a phenomenon more closely resembling a spreading national ache: patients of all ages complaining of strains and swelling related to their use — and overuse — of the Wii.

As with any popular sport, most orthopedists will begin to see a plethora of injuries associated with overuse or poor preparation. What makes Wii issues somewhat unique is that *we* did not anticipate this, nor did we give it the respect it needed when the first injuries started to appear on the scene.

After watching many adults play the Wii with the same intensity they would put into a weekend tennis match or bowling tourney I can now clearly understand why overuse injuries are so common. The issue is that most adults do not realize that they are actually participating in a sporting activity and thus do not approach their Wii activities with the same methodology they do with more typical sports.

Prepare, train and build your intensity and duration of playing slowly and treat your time on the Wii like you would your time on the tennis or basketball court and perhaps you will be able to avoid a trip to your orthopedist….


About hjluks

A busy Academic Orthopedic Surgeon, Digital Strategist, Chief Medical Officer and father... intently and efficiently navigating the intersection of Social Media and Health Care.
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