Physiotherapists are understanding the positive and negative impacts of electronic games on children’s health. Professor Straker of Curtin University School of Physiotherapy says extensive use of sedentary e-games is comparable to lengthy computer use and not good for your body posture.
Sustained poor postures during sedentary e-game use are similar to prolonged computer postures and likely to result in similar issues, for example neck/shoulder pain and back pain from raised shoulders and slumped sitting.
Professor Straker said there are also potential musculoskeletal benefits of e-games, including enhanced motor coordination and physical activity.
For active games involving stepping/jumping such as games with a dance mat or whole body games, (they) require muscle movement which may help with muscle fitness and joint/bone loading which may help with joint/bone development.
Professor Straker presented his findings at the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Conference, Melbourne, October 17-20, 2013. Read more here.