TEN people a week in Britain are hospitalised from playing Wii games.
The growing toll has prompted NHS doctors to warn of the dangers.
Wii-itis sufferers usually have excruciating pain in the right shoulder or knee.
A rheumatology consultant said: “Most are admitted after playing the tennis and running games which involve sudden movements and violent tendon stretching.”
Dr Dev Mukerjee, of Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, said: “There has been a 100 per cent increase in patients complaining of Wii-itis.
“I’ve seen many patients aged between eight and 13 — and I’ve seen adults.
I’m not surprised. My wife and I have recently gotten a Wii and I’m amazed at how active I have been playing a video game. Of coarse, you don’t _have_ to move the Wiimote as much as you think you have to. But due to the brialliance of the wiimote and the interaction that you get. You get lost in how much fun it is to play and always overdue it.
Now, my old man is against video games. He is a retired gym teacher that is a part of a program call SWITCH. And while this doesn’t replace running around some bases, I would argue that it is not your typical video game. You cannot box and not get some sort of workout. And I haven’t even tried the WiiFit yet. 🙂
He’ll be here in a week or so. I’ll have to get him boxing a few rounds and see what he thinks then. Hopefully he doesn’t throw out a shoulder in the process.