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Arcade arthritis

The Story

It may not have the same sporty overtones as tennis elbow or runner's knee, but in 1982, hospitals are dealing with increasing incidences of another recreation-related illness: "arcade arthritis". The heated button-mashing and enthusiastic body English that often comes with arcade gameplay are causing unprecedented aches and pains for video gamers. CBC-TV's The National explores this new affliction of arcade addicts.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Dec. 30, 1982
Guest(s): Dr. Charles Godfrey
Anchor: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Michael McIvor
Duration: 1:51

Did You know?

• "Arcade arthritis" or "Pac-Man wrist" is medically classified as a type of repetitive strain injury (RSI), a syndrome caused by repetitive performance of certain motions. Other types of recreational RSIs include "Rubik's wrist," caused by twisting a Rubik's Cube and "gamer's thumb," a swelling resulting from overuse of a game controller.

• Research has proven that video games can also have positive physical effects, particularly in developing hand-eye co-ordination.






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