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That's over 1000 since the Wii released

The Wii is evil!

Wii puts 10 in hospital a week

By EMMA MORTON
Health and Science Editor

Published: 20 Dec 2008

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.

Wii-itis ... games can
cause injury

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.

“It’s possible that Wii-itus may lead to rheumatism and arthritis in later life. Patients often have inflammation of the shoulder or wrist.”

Others have a ligament injury dubbed Wii-knee which some have blamed on the popular Wii-Fit game.

Dr Mukerjee said: “People who are double-jointed are most likely to suffer from Wii-knee — and in extreme cases the knee cap can be dislocated or can even pop out.”

Treatment includes cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory painkillers. Recovery takes up to three months.

Docs advise stretching exercises before play.

Do they sit all day or something? How can you get hurt from flailing your arms?

And if they start to feel uncomfortable, shouldn't they have at least some sense to actually... take a break?



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so out of 100 million Wii players (42 million consoles x average number of users per household [1 - 6 range = conservative 2.5 average]) there are 1000 Wii owners that have managed to maim themselves with it.

Honestly, that's actually pretty good stats..



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'Most are admitted after playing the tennis and running games which involve sudden movements and violent tendon stretching.'


Yeah, I can see that happening. When I see people play tennis on Wii Sports for the first time they often try to mimic actual tennis movements when playing and will initially try to hit the ball as hard as possible by violently flinging their arm forwards (thinking the faster they fling their arm forwards in the style of a tennis player, the faster the ball will go).



Theres more chances of getting your wiimote jammed down your jaw than hospitalizing yourself....



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Grey Acumen said:
so out of 100 million Wii players (42 million consoles x average number of users per household [1 - 6 range = conservative 2.5 average]) there are 1000 Wii owners that have managed to maim themselves with it.

Honestly, that's actually pretty good stats..

 

Actually those stats are just for Great Britain, but still tiny compared to the userbase of the country no doubt.



That's actually good news. Better to get injured while playing Wii than when running to catch the bus or a plane (which is going to happen if you're fragile enough to get hurt while playing Wii). Think of it as a wakeup call that you need to do more exercise.

 



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I wonder how much money these propogandists give to Emma Morton? Most of the so called injuries actually happening if you're in active and constant moving activity like exercise and running. Its like excercise should be a health risk issue because excercise gives you 10 times chance of injury than playing the Wii.



end of core gaming days prediction:

 

E3 2006-The beginning of the end. Wii introduced

 

E3 2008- Armageddon. Wii motion plus introduced. Wii Music. Reggie says Animal crossing was a core game. Massive disappointment. many Wii core gamers selling their Wii.

 

E3 2010- Tape runs out

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/march2009/ICG_Tape_runs_out.jpg

Haha, this topic reminds me of an ad of some special oil used to treat arthritis in Hong Kong. The start of the ad had a mom playing Wii Play Laser Hockey with her son!



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That's crazy. If you're going to play Wii Fit you should stretch before just like you would with any other form of excercise.

The complete opposite of this is that the place my aunt works at uses the Wii for rehab purposes. They call it Wii-hab. haha. She says that they get older people and they call their relatives and are like "I got to play that Wii game." haha.