Does Gaming Cause RSI In Gamer Children
One thing parents should understand about video games is what the kids are actually doing with their mouse and keyboard.
A lot of professional gamers in Fortnite that are very young, have quit playing games professionally because their intense gaming causes RSI.
It isn’t the same as using the keyboard and mouse at quite a slow pace at an office job.
They are intensely swiping their mouse around, flicking to different targets, making the smallest micro adjustments with their wrist and ferociously pressing different combinations of keys on the keyboard.
For example if they play a competitive game like Fortnite they are doing hundreds of actions per minute on the mouse and keyboard.
Imagine building a skyscraper in game versing another opponent doing the same thing while trying to kill each other. Each wall or floor placed is a keypress, each doorway or editing the shape of the placed wall is a few keypresses and moving around in multiple directions is a ton of keypresses. All while swiping their mouse around and clicking trying to get a shot at the opponent.
It’s extremely intense and taxing on their tendons in the wrist. If proper care of the wrist isn’t considered then there could be big implications like RSI (repetitive stress injury) or carpal tunnel down the road. If people in the current age are getting these conditions while typing at an office job, the risk for kids playing strenuous games is multiplied dramatically.
These conditions are more effectively prevented with stretching and strengthening of the wrist tendons, compared to decreasing the time of playing.
Stretching the wrist. These stretches should be done before playing games, in between games and after playing for the day. These exercises should be done 30seconds each side.
Strengthening the wrist. Do this exercise very gently for 10-15reps for 3 sets every other day.
Do this quick routine consistently to get bulletproof wrists and tendons.