Michigan State University

Video Games

Playing video games "un-ergonomically" can lead to:

  • repetitive strain injuries
  • skin disorders
  • pain and/or numbness in hands, wrists, back and neck
  • other health issues

What can you do?

  • Take 10-15 minute break every hour you're playing
  • Stretch often
  • Do 15-20 minutes of cardio activity daily to improve circulation and increase oxygen flow to the arms
  • Use pillows to support your arms
  • Use a light touch when using controllers
  • Keep arms relaxed and controller close to your lap
  • Have adequate lighting and eliminate glare on screen
  • Prevent eye strain by following 20-20-20 rule
  • For every 20 minutes of play, focus for 20 seconds on an object 20 feet away