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    Prolonged wii playing can lead to injuries.

    Sweat popped out on the reddened faces of 12-year-old Jakob Njos and 15-year-old Emily Njos, evidence that they had raised their heart rate while holding remote controls and punching the air as they stood in front of a television set.

    The siblings had just finished a round of virtual boxing, one of several Nintendo Wii Sports games they got for Christmas. Onscreen, customized Mii cartoon figures representing each of them “fought” until there was a knockout. Sweat flew from the faces of the virtual characters, too.

    “They don’t take any rests when they play these sports so it’s an endurance thing,” said their mother, Siri Njos.

    She is a physical therapist and knows that making video games physically engaging has its pluses. But she cautions it may have its minuses, too, if players don’t use proper form and common sense.

    From friends and family, she has gotten reports about pain and soreness among both adults and children who play Wii Sports.

    “Adults get hit the hardest, but even kids are complaining of pain,” she said.

    Wii Sports includes bowling, baseball, boxing, tennis and golf.

    Imagine punching the air as if boxing or sweeping the air as if hitting a tennis ball hundreds and hundreds of times.

    “You may hit a thousand tennis balls in a given period of time, something you’d never do on the tennis court,” said Dr. Mark Klion, a sports physician and orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. “This is repetitive activity you clearly wouldn’t do in a regular sports activity.”

    Last year, when Wii Sports came on the market, a doctor in Spain wrote a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine describing shoulder tendonitis caused by playing hours of tennis on his Nintendo Wii console. He dubbed the condition “Wii-itis.”

    People can play virtual tennis for inordinate periods of time because “unlike the real sport, physical strength and endurance are not limiting factors,” Dr. Julio Bonis wrote in his letter.

    Klion has encountered patients with shoulder, elbow and wrist strain from Wii overuse.

    He said what they injure is soft tissues - muscles, ligaments and tendons. There is microscopic tearing of the tissues, which causes pain and inflammation.

    Symptoms may not appear for 24 to 48 hours, Njos said. The shoulder is particularly vulnerable because it is a big, mobile joint but the least stable of our joints, she said.

    “I have nothing against these games, I’m just wanting to send out a buyer-beware message,” she said.

    Njos preaches good form, not swinging or punching full-out and not playing the games for hours at a time.

    Research published last month in the British Medical Journal said children who play video sports on the Nintendo Wii burn more calories than they would playing regular video games. But the research also said children who played actual sports burned more calories than Wii Sports players.

    Klion said his family couldn’t resist getting the popular Wii gaming console, which was one of the hottest gifts this holiday season.

    “I’m an active user myself with my kids,” he said. “It’s not as good as running outside and playing imaginary games, but it’s much more active than PlayStation and Xbox and sitting on your rear end doing nothing.”

    More physically engaging, interactive games are on the way from Nintendo. The USA debut of Wii Fit games is expected during the first quarter of the year. Wii Fit includes a Wii balance board attachment and fitness games such as the balance game, yoga and muscle training.

    so, have any of you had "Wii-itis"?

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    Duh, too much of anything is bad for you. Take breaks, get hydrated,, and you'll be fine. I think people are just stupid, thats like saying, "I fell down, and it hurt"



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    laughs at the two kids and their parents for lacking common sense.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiimoto
    Duh, too much of anything is bad for you. Take breaks, get hydrated,, and you'll be fine. I think people are just stupid, thats like saying, "I fell down, and it hurt"
    Yeah i know that why i'm getting a persoanl trainer for the wii!
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    but seriously i hear people get light headed aswell, i think some people are just not healthy enough to play some intense wii games, plus kids especially can loose sense of how hot it is and obviuosly exert themselves by intensely dehydrating themselves, without knowing, (you know like when yuor in the zone)

    Well my personal trainer's here, he says one day i could be the best wii sports man there is#!
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    I remember back when the NES was huge and kids were getting sore hands and wrists from playing too much. It was referred to as "Nintendonitis".

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    LOL, and what about the SEGA players?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skippy
    I remember back when the NES was huge and kids were getting sore hands and wrists from playing too much. It was referred to as "Nintendonitis".
    ah good old days of nes. whats with todays kids and their 3 dimensional graphics and motion sensing scallywag.

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    actually, when i first got my wii, the third day i was ppoched, my sholdershurt my crazy

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    This sort of thing dates back to NES. My younger cousin was playing Super Mario Bros., and when he wanted Mario to jump, he would jump, and raise the remote. (Ha.. he thought of Wii before Wii was thought of.. lol)

    He was on the end of the bed, "jumping" for Mario, when he flipped over the end of the bed, falling to the floor. Just goes to show you can get hurt doing anything if you aren't careful.

    But yeah.. common sense.. you have to take breaks.

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    "Wii-itis" There will probably be a pill for that on TV sometime down the road.
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