October 8, 2010

Dangers of Video Games

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Does your child sit in front of the television and play video games all day? You may need to step in and decrease the number of hours you let them play each day.

Gaming systems and devices can cause a myriad of injuries to those who sit and play them for hours and hours each day. Some of these injuries include: abrasions, shoulder sprains, ankle sprains, and foot injuries.

Video games nowadays are significantly different from the games of the past. Now, children are required to physically participate while playing certain games on systems such as Nintendo Wii.

Researchers reviewed the data from National Electronic Injury Surveillance System between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2009. They found a total of 696 video game related injuries over the course of the 5 years. The most common age group who suffered from injuries was 16.5 years. However, data collected examined people from 1 month to 86 years of age. Ninety-two of the injuries came from new, interactive games, while 604 injuries came from more traditional games. Males suffered from more injuries, on average, than females -- 53.3 percent of injuries were sustained by males and 46.7 percent were sustained by females.

Those who suffered injuries in the interactive group mainly experienced shoulder, ankle, or foot injuries. "This study details the different injuries sustained while participating in interactive and traditional video games," Patrick O'Toole, M.D., lead author of the study was quoted as saying. "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."

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 8, 2010.