From the selling out, in minutes, of newly released consoles, to record sales for popular gaming industry brands, lockdown has seen a significant increase in gamers across the globe.
Whether homeschooling is not going too well, you’re a student with ‘studying’ at home, or you’re an avid gamer hoping to become an Esport star, it’s important to know that (much like a professional athlete) a gamer’s body can suffer from multiple injuries and issues if not taken care of properly. This not only includes diet but exercising.
According to the World Health Organisation’s study on Gaming Disorder, gamers of the future are predicted to suffer from a range of bodily issues if not remedied early on.
Following on from their Esports Index, Slotsup has spoken to trained physiotherapists, Tim Allardyce from Surrey Physio and Vivian Eisenstadt, an LA based physiotherapist, to find out what exercises gamers that can help reduce the likelihood of suffering from ‘gaming disorder’ issues later in life.
Here is a snippet from Tim on how to help avoid RSI/Mouse Elbow:
‘Tennis, or in this case mouse, the elbow is often caused by repeated mouse clicking. As you repeatedly move the index finger it activates the small muscles in the forearm which can create repetitive strain at the elbow. Tennis elbow tends to cause pain on the outside of the elbow, whereas golfer’s elbow is on the inside. And you don’t need to be a golfer or a tennis player to get it, gamers get it too.
The best stretches involve forearm muscle stretches, like holding your arm in front of you and straightening the elbow while bending your wrist backwards. Holding this stretch for 30 seconds three times per day can help reduce pain in the elbow. Tennis elbow supports are also affordable and can help. Wearing a tennis elbow support just below the elbow helps offload the tendons.’
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