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Ergonomics and Gaming: The Keyboard and Mouse

Written by on December 3, 2011
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I bet if I were to ask your typical gamer what are some health risks that are associated with gaming they would just look at me as if I had 3 heads. Getting hurt playing video games is typically reserved for the virtual world, and that pain and suffering isn’t supposed to transfer to the real world. But if your anything like me and spend a fair amount of time gaming then you should be aware that you could possibly be exposing yourself to injuries which could affect you the rest of your life.

Sounds serious right? Well it is. Ergonomics is the study designing tools, jobs and devices that are best suited for the way our bodies work. Usually this is the kind of thing you would see at the workplace, and you’re probably saying to yourself that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen at home. But it does, and if you don’t take the time to fix them now, then you will regret it later down the road as these injuries will stay with  you for life and always affect you. I don’t know about you, but I plan on gaming well into my 80′s. So here are some tips on how to get there injury free!

Keyboard and Mouse

How many hours have you spent going through the aswd keys trying to level through Warcraft, or how many precision headshots have you fired off in Call of Duty. The keyboard and Mouse is not only a big injury concern in the workplace, but when you think about it, most hard-core gamers probably spend more time behind these then your average office employees.

Problems

One of the major issues that you will encounter from using a keyboard and mouse frequently are Repetitive Strain Injuries. (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Overuse Syndrone, Cumulative Trauma Disorder) These can occur due to a variety of things such as: Poor posture, improper wrist alignment, poor design and much more.

Solutions 

-Firmly place your feet on the ground slightly in front of you while sitting.
-Use a chair with a full back rest and arm rests
-Keep your shoulders centered over your hip and keep your arms, hands and fingers relaxed.
-Keep your wrists off the keyboard itself and desk.
-Use a light grip on your mouse.
-Keep mouse and keyboard close to the edge of the desk
-Invest in a gel mouse pad with cushion and an ergonomic friendly keyboard

 

What other hazards are you aware of that are related to gaming? Share them in the comments below.

 

Don’t forget to check out some of my other articles here at GamerFitNation:

 

Sources:
Fitting the Human: Introduction to Ergonomics. Boca Raton: CRC, 2009. Print

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  • Zacleemartin

    I have a foot rest under my desk that I place my feet on. Its one tall enough so I can straighten out my legs. Not just a thing on the floor I put the bottoms of my feet on. I am really comfortable on my gaming PC and nothing I have is designed for comfort other then my chair which is just a standard office chair. I don’t have a very good posture but its comfortable.