Researchers on Videogame Injuries

October 4, 2010 -

Using data provided by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, researchers recently presented an overview of videogame-related injuries at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco.

Between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2009, there were a total of 696 game-related injuries in the U.S., of which 604 were suffered from “traditional games,” while 92 were attributed to “newer interactive games” that require a greater investment of interactivity, like Nintendo’s Wii. Of the 92 injuries caused by “newer” technology, 49 injured parties were male and 43 female.

The mean age of the injured was 16.5 years old. Those injured were more likely to hurt their shoulder, ankle or foot. Bystander injuries were also “significantly” more likely to occur when playing games using the “newer” interactive technology.

Patrick O'Toole, MD, lead author of the study, added, “Younger children under the age of 10 should be supervised while video games are being played to prevent bystander injuries, which are more common with interactive games."


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Re: Researchers on Videogame Injuries

How in the name of sweet Jesus do you injure yourself playing "traditional" video games. I have to know I am racking my brains but I can not think of one way.

 

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Re: Researchers on Videogame Injuries

 The very first thought on my mind is "what is considered a game related injury?"... cause really i have a hard time seeing how someone could hurt themselves while sitting in front of a TV. I might be able to imagine some minor things happening with the wii like accidently smacking someone while flailing your arms around, but not so much with traditional games. I just hope this isn't some BS that includes people who were injured during some crime that was loosely connected to video games...

Re: Researchers on Videogame Injuries

I think the "Traditional games" means they are counting injuries from football,basketball, tag etc...

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Re: Researchers on Videogame Injuries

What's strange to me is that I've been playing games for longer than I can remember, and pretty much everyone around my age that I've ever known has played them as well, some being even more hardcore about it than me, but I have never once even heard of any of those people being injured as a result, nor have I ever injured myself playing games.

Honestly, I really suspect that a good majority of the injuries being counted there were a direct result of gamers suffering from the well-known condition of "Pissed-off-at-this-game-because-I-can't-beat-it". Kind of like a lot of those Nintendo Wii controllers that "slipped" from kids hands and destroyed the giant plasma TV their parents spent a good portion of their paychecks on.

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Re: Researchers on Videogame Injuries

Between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2009, there were a total of 696 game-related injuries in the U.S., of which 604 were suffered from “traditional games,” while 92 were attributed to “newer interactive games” that require a greater investment of interactivity, like Nintendo’s Wii. Of the 92 injuries caused by “newer” technology, 49 injured parties were male and 43 female.

Well it's a good thing they're addressing that, because if you give a kid a wiimote or PS move and leave the living room, chances are they end up accidently throwing the Motion Controller into you new 3D HDTV, Damage walls not to mention Destroy the living room and home office easily(sarcasm)

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