Professional athletes have a standard fear that an injury will end their career before they plan to retire on their own terms. When it involves an esports injury, carpal tunnel is at the highest of the list for a problem which will quickly cause tons of grief for gaming athletes and shut down a gaming career.
Carpal tunnel should not be confused with generalized wrist pain but any discomfort in the wrist of a gamer should not be ignored at the first indication that something doesn’t feel right. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that cause the sufferer discomfort that can last long after the gaming session has stopped.
The pain typically feels like numbness or tingling that gets worse while playing and during normal activity. A reduction in grip strength can also be noticed. Unfortunately the best solution to combat these symptoms from getting worse is to stop the activity that is causing the injury. Breaks must be taken.
Most gaming injuries fall into the category of an “overuse injury” or defined as microtrauma. This is a different type of injury compared to the injuries of a football, rugby or basketball player. Microtrauma injuries develop over time and may be challenging to heal if the injured area isn’t allowed proper rest time to heal.
There are stretches, exercises, braces and specially designed keyboards, mice and mouse pads that all help prevent the injury before it develops.
Follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of having an eSports injury stop you from gaming.
1 – Stretch neck, arms and wrist before of, during and the after a gaming session
2 – Take 5-10 minute “standing” breaks every hour.
3 – If any pain or soreness presents; stop gaming and use ice wrapped during a towel for 15-20 minutes to decrease swelling
Pro gamers spends countless hours practicing and competing. The unspoken disadvantage to esports compared to other professional sports is there is no true “off-season” for rest and rehab. This greatly contributes to an injury being aggravated due to the lack of forced rest time. Look at it this manner , NBA, MLB and NFL players have between 130 to over 200 days of off-season to permit injuries to heal before subsequent season starts. Pro gamers can literally compete for hours each and each day with 0 days of off-season. This helps to make and perpetuate the eSports injury dilemma. Finding the right balance before and after an injury has occurred must be handled properly or it will lead to early retirement and long term health problems for the serious gamer.
Dr. Branden Evans is a Marietta chiropractor near Atlanta, GA. He has been in practice 13 years and enjoys helping patients recover from many types of injuries related to sports, auto accidents and general aches or pains. Contact him if you’ve got been hurt and are in need of an injury chiropractor.