Doctors report Wii can cause injuries - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/1/09

Doctors report Wii can cause injuries

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Wii is the hottest new way to play tennis, golf, baseball, and boxing, with players using a remote control to mimic the actions of swinging a racket, a bat, or a club and it can be great exercise.

The problem is that players get wrapped up in the game, lose track of time, and end up hurt. Wii player Kristyl Sunderman said, "After playing the Wii on two occasions with my girlfriends for an excessive amount of time, my lower back is hurting and my right knee". 

Dr. Ralph Gambardella, an orthopedic surgeon, adds, "The time frame gets lost very quickly, and you think that you're doing it for 15 minutes and the next thing you know, it's an hour later".

Dr. Gambardella says the advice is simple: any time you begin an exercise program, if you feel any pain anywhere, stop and ice the area. Then, when you go back to playing, take it slow, and cut down on your playing time.

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