...damaged knees and painful tendonitis'
Playing the Nintendo Wii can lead to fractured limbs, damaged knees and painful tendonitis, surgeons have warned.
They also found evidence of head cuts which required stitches caused by flying Wii controls.
Thousands of families are expected to buy the hugely popular games machine this Christmas.
The Wii has been praised for encouraging players to be more active by mimicking the actions involved in many sports.
Earlier this year a study even suggested that the machines could be helpful for preventing weight gain.
But an editorial in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine highlights the range of injuries that players have sustained.
“Gaming is certainly not without its dangers and as the technology has evolved, those dangers seem to become ever more tangible,” warn Thomas Fysh and John Thompson from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
“Upon the advent of the Wii, Playstation thumb and Nintendintis were eclipsed by altogether different problems.”
“Wii injury is so common, in fact, that several websites and blogs have been set up in its honour,” they add.
Last year researchers at Leeds Teaching Hospital identified an injury they called "Wii knee".
It followed a warning by osteopaths that they saw an increase in patients with back pain after the Christmas period, a trend they blamed on fathers trying to keep up with their children on the machines.
Reports of other Wii injuries have included painful swelling of tendons triggered by playing tennis on the machine.
However, they still praise the positive aspects that they believe playing the Wii has on health.
“Wii sports might have caused a few brow raising and unusual injuries but is hardly reducing our nation’s youth to helpless decrepitude,” they write.
“While the Wii revolution may fall short of actually reducing the nation’s body mass index, one must concede that gaming is no longer confined to the realm of languid adolescence and that can’t be a bad thing even if we haven’t stumbled upon a new variant of sports medicine.”
A spokesman for Nintendo UK said: "We are committed to the safety and well being of all our customers and users and we always include comprehensive health and safety guidelines with all our products.
"Provided these are followed correctly, anyone should be able to enjoy their Nintendo product safely." Source