Apr 24, 2008

'Rock Band Wrist' Is The New Nintendo Thumb

Having grown up with video games, I can truthfully say I've had my fair share of sore thumbs and cramped wrists from all-night gaming marathons. Back in 1980s we used to call these symptoms the "Nintendo Thumb" (a.k.a. Nintendinitis). For me, the cramps were a symbol of triumph, a proud battle wound from another labourious hardcore gaming session.

Well, thanks to Rock Band, gaming cramps are even easier to achieve!

Luckily, Peter Keir, a kinesiologist at McMaster University, is here to remind us that we need to be aware of bodies, and to take "breaks to avoid repetitive tendon or eye strain injuries". Thanks Peter, I'll keep that in mind next time I'm rocking out to The Hand That Feeds!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, my thumb has never been so sore!!! Like, it really, really hurts!

Mel

Paul Hunter said...

I think you should give you thumb a rest then. :P

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