Is Video Gaming Causing Death and Injury In Children ?

by Debbie Nicholson
(Detroit - Michigan - USA)

Credit for this article goes to Debbie Nicholson - All Voices - USA

Another death in video gaming

In most recent reports and 18 year old “Diablo 3” fan from Taiwan collapsed and died after playing the video game for 40 hours straight. The official cause of death is still under investigation by authorities but police theorize that the long hours spent in a sedentary position could have prompted cardiovascular problems. Just 18 years old the boy last name of Chaung lost his life from what appears to be excessive hours of non-movement and nearly two days of no food consumption.
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Last year Chris Staniforth, died from deep vein thrombosis, he would play up to twelve hours a day. The coroner said that a clot form in Chris’s left calf before moving to his lungs

Mr. Staniforth said: "After my research I saw there was no difference to Chris sitting at a desk on his Xbox and someone on a long-haul flight.

"Millions of people worldwide are playing these games for hours, and there is a risk."

It appears he is correct. There are health problems associated to video gaming such as repetitive strain injuries, skin disorders, gaming provoked seizures in those with epilepsy, other health issues and even death in rare and extreme cases.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend no more of one or two hours of screen time.

Believe it or not there have been several specific names given to video-game health problems such as PlayStation Thumb, Nintendinitis and acute Wiiitis.

Excessive video gaming does have physical signs that include black rings under the eyes, musculoskeletal problems, skin and vision problems and sleep deprivation.

Nintendinitis that classic game injury that has been around for a while means a repetitive stress injury in the "extensor tendon of the thumb," which can occur on any game console.

Wii-it is comes from excessive time playing simulated sports with video games that may result in real and intense pain and sore achy muscles.

Traumatic Hemothorax is actually real even if it sounds like something out of a horror movie. It is noted that doctors have documented cases where the cavities around the patient’s lungs fill with blood after Wii related falls such as falls from the Wii balance board.

Head injuries and blunt force trauma has happened when the players co-player fist or foot and sporadic flying. These injuries have included missing teeth, split lips, black eyes and sometimes unconsciousness.

Those sudden motions required by many of the games results in torn muscles, dislocated knees, twist, sprains and numerous back injuries.

Problems related to vision have occurred such as extensive viewing of the screen can result in eye strain.

Palmar Hidradenitis is a medical condition where a person develops painful lesions on the palms and fingers. In 2009, an article published in the British Journal of Dermatology states “it is specifically a "cutaneous (skin) pathology induced by console gaming."

In the journal it mentions PlayStation Palmar hidradenitis was given its name by researchers after a 12 year old girl came into a Swiss hospital complaining about painful sores in the palm of her hands. Physicians who examined her had concluded she had a condition referred to as ‘idiopathic eccrine hidradenitis’, a skin disorder that generally causes red, sore lumps on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.” After pausing on the gameplay for 10 days she fully recovered.

According to NDP Group (leading North American market research company) 91% of American children are now playing video games this translates to 64 million children aged two to seventeen.

It is not only injuries that occur but gaming addiction. A Harris Interactive Poll showed children are getting addicted to gaming.

According to the Poll “Nearly one-quarter (23%) of youth say they that have felt "addicted to video games", with about one-third of males (31%) and a little more than one in ten females (13%) feeling "addicted." Forty-four percent of youth also report that their friends are addicted to games. With nearly 8 in 10 American youth (81%) playing video games at least one time per month, including 94 percent of all boys playing, this certainly raises concerns about video game addiction.”

Do you believe children can be addicted to video gaming? Has your child ever had any injuries that have been related to video gaming?

Experts are not out to abolish video gaming but are trying to make parent’s aware of what can happen with excessive hours of gaming.

Debbie Nicholson is based in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.

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