Study Examines Posture of Young Gamers

June 1, 2010 -

Glinn & Giordano, a California-based physical therapy business, recently conducted a study which focused on the posture of gamers between the ages of five and fifteen.

The study, done in conjunction with the Cal State Bakersfield Department of Physical Education, watched the youngsters as they played a title for five minutes. Preliminary findings, as offered by Bakersfield.com, suggested that “posture became worse as the five minutes wore on and that children sitting in chairs had better posture both at the start and finish than did those sitting on the floor.”

Glinn & Giordano’s Brian Monroe, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, therefore recommended that games should be played from a chair “with feet flat on the ground and back support." He also suggested that parents should correct the posture of their kids if they see a forward-leaning head, rounded shoulders and/or the lower back rounding forward.

Full results of the study will be released in a few weeks.


Comments

Re: Study Examines Posture of Young Gamers

If he thinks that's bad, he better not even attempt to look at kids reading. I don't know about you, but I usually sprawl out pretty good when I got a book in hand.

Watching TV? that means I am laying down or as best I can stretch out to watch it.

Playing games? Sitting up right, inclined forward, and a look of concentration on my face. Except for Monster Hunter, I veg out to that game.

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Re: Study Examines Posture of Young Gamers

Thats interesting. When i was a kid i had board games, lego and action figures to keep me amused. Since we only had one TV i couldnt play on my master system (ah nostalgia) constantly.

How often do you think i sat on a chair to do any of that?

If anything playing on consoles meant i was sitting on the sofa more than i would of been otherwise.

Re: Study Examines Posture of Young Gamers

"children sitting in chairs had better posture both at the start and finish than did those sitting on the floor.”

No shit Sherlock.

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