Wednesday, March 15, 2006

When fun hurts--gadget injuries

…Cell phones, PDAs, joy sticks, Mary L. Mundrane-Zweiacher, a certified athletic trainer at Brown & Associates, a sports medicine center in Dover, Delaware, says kids spend as much as three hours daily on the computer.

…Hey, what about writers?

…A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, she says for every hour of play, there should be a 10-15 minute rest.

…Hand, fingers or thumbs sore? Make that several hours!

…No matter what you are doing, rest your eyes every 15 minutes by looking away from the screen and blinking your eyes.

…Rest your hands after bursts of typing.

…Stand up every 30 to 60 minutes. Thus avoiding that Tin Man slink HA gets into when she sits too long.

…Keep your feet on the floor, upper arms close to your body.

…Make sure chair seat is not compressing the backs of your knees.

…Don’t forget cross-injuries. For instance, a baseball player who text-messages a lot can get trigger thumb and not be able to use a glove properly.

…OK, you read this. Now, are you going to do it? HA will try if you will.

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