Nintendo Game Sparks Acute ���Wiitis���

Published 07/16 2008 05:59PM

Updated 07/16 2008 05:59PM

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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 tennis.

���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.���

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