Statistics reveal increase of RSI in children

Written by Joe Martin

April 4, 2007 | 10:39

Once again news is arising to suggest computer games are bad for you – despite some obvious benefits.

The Daily Mail reported recently that nearly 600 children were taken to hospital last year requiring treatment for repetitive strain injuries, or RSI.

This marks an increase of 35% for RSI in children since 2005. Interestingly, injuries caused by children falling out of trees are down by 35%, while bike-riding accidents are also down by 22%.

It seems the kid’s just can’t catch a break lately. When not falling off of things they end up button-mashing themselves into hospital or being told off for breaking the telly with a flying Wiimote.

While the Daily Mail argues that this marks more proof of children turning away from outdoor activities, we think it’s perhaps a healthier choice in moderation. Taking a football to the face or stressing your pinkies with too much PlayStation, we know which we’d prefer.

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