Thursday, December 17, 2009

Warm up before playing Wii, parents warned

Middle-aged parents must stretch properly to avoid injuries when playing Wii games, doctors have warned.

The Nintendo console – which is expected to be one of the most popular presents again this year – allows players to simulate a range of energetic sports in their own home.

But parents who are not used to regular exercise could seriously hurt themselves if they do not warm up and warm down properly before playing.

Osteopaths have reported a rapid increase in the number of back, neck and elbow injuries among older people who claim to have overexerted themselves on games such as Wii tennis.

Health and fitness experts are warning those older parents playing Wii games with their children to stretch properly to avoid a pain filled festive period.

Read the full story by Martin Evans at the

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