Nintendo Game Sparks Acute ‘Wiitis’
Too Much Gaming on Wii May Lead to Simulated Sports Injuries
June 6, 2007 -- Spending too much time playing simulated sports with video
games may lead to real pain and sore muscles, researchers say.
A letter in TheNew England Journal of Medicine details the
first documented case of acute “Wiiitis” caused by extended play on the
Nintendo Wii video game system.
A doctor in Spain diagnosed the new variant of Nintendinitis in a healthy
29-year-old male medical resident who woke up one morning with intense pain in
the right shoulder. He hadn’t participated in any sports or physical exercise
recently, but he had just purchased a Nintendo Wii video game system and had
spent several hours playing the tennis video game.
With the Wii video game system the player faces a video screen and moves a
handheld controller that senses three-dimensional movements. In the tennis
video game, the player makes the same arm movements as in the real game of
“If a player gets too engrossed, he may ‘play tennis’ for many hours,”
writes Julio Bonis, MD, of the Instituto Municipal de Investigation Medica in
Barcelona, Spain. “Unlike in the real sport, physical strength and endurance
are not limiting factors.
“With the growing use of this new video game system, the risk of the Wiiitis
variant may be higher than that of Nintendinitis reported in the literature,
especially among adults,” writes Bonis. “Physicians should be aware that there
may be multiple, possibly puzzling presentations of Wiiitis.”