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Video Games Also Blast the Users

Kids at risk for repetitive strain injuries

Children who spend hours playing video games or surfing the Internet may be risking an early start on painful and debilitating repetitive strain injuries (RSI), reports the London Telegraph.

Those who spend hours hunched over in unnatural positions at game terminals and personal computers, particularly laptops, use repeated "micro-movements with their hands -- punching the keys or battling with tiny consoles," making them particularly susceptible, says Mark Bender, the British Davis Cup tennis team physiotherapist.

The potential list of disorders, each with an impressive technical name, is posted at this FAQ site, which also provides correction and prevention suggestions.

For more on RSI, check this Webref site.

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