Telegraph: “Doctors fear a Wii knee epidemic”

By Patrick Garratt
22 December 2008 07:47 GMT

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The Telegraph’s reporting that “doctors” are expecting a rise in Wii-related injuries over Chrstmas.

From the piece:

This year, the Wii is predicted to be one of the most popular Christmas presents. But doctors said those who spent too long on the games, especially those unused to exercise, were at risk of strain.

Researchers at Leeds Teaching Hospital have identified an injury they called “Wii knee”. Last year, osteopaths reported that they saw an increase in back patients after Christmas, and blamed the trend on fathers trying to keep up with their children on the machines.

The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) also said there had been an increase in the number of injuries caused by excessive use of Wii.

Said Richar Milner of the BSSH: “We treated a patient this week who had injured herself using a Wii. She was playing tennis with a partner and fractured one of the bones in her finger when he hit the back of her hand with the control.”

Full thing through there.

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