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Wii have a problem with injuries

Nintendo's Wii console is more effective than traditional videogame consoles for burning calories, but players are running the risk of injury by not warming-up properly, according to British experts.

The Japanese firm launched Wii in November last year. Its motion-sensitive console — rather like a wireless remote control — allows the movements of sports like tennis, golf, baseball, boxing and 10-pin bowling to be mimicked.

But it has led to injuries like "Wii elbow", a complaint not dissimilar to the inflamed elbow joint common among tennis players, prompting warnings from medical professionals.

"Gamers should treat a 'Wii session' like any form of exercise and warm-up adequately beforehand to prevent stiffness and possible injuries," said Tim Hutchful, from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).

"Any unaccustomed exercise or activity lays yourself bare to problems that could occur from prolonged periods of active movements, so treat it like a gym work-out, warming-up and cooling down."

The BCA has developed a five-point "Wii warm-up" for the shoulders, wrists, arms, neck and back and is advising non-sporty types to take regular breaks every 20 to 30 minutes.

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