A condition dubbed “Wii shoulder” is the latest illness to be triggered by overuse of computer games, according to a report in the BMJ today. Paediatricians in the UK report the case of child who presented after Christmas was complaining of tiredness and a sore shoulder, having been inactive over the past three years through illness.
The boy had been playing the new generation Nintendo Wii computer game which has a remote controller that can detect acceleration and orientation in three dimensions and is used as a handheld pointing device to simulate activities such as bowling or playing tennis.
“Anyone who has played interactive games on Wii sport will relate to this shoulder pain in muscles that have not been used for a long time.1 Within a day the discomfort wears off, as with exercise after a period of inactivity,” the doctors say.
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