Repetitive Stress Up, Falling Out of Trees Down Among Kids

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Repetitive Stress Up, Falling Out of Trees Down Among Kids

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A new report by The Sun says the incidence of repetitive stress injuries among children has skyrocketed, while more traditional childhood injuries caused by things like falling out of trees have dropped off dramatically.

Serious repetitive strain injuries suffered "after spending hours glued to consoles" are up 60 percent since 2002, according to numbers obtained by The Sun, while the number of kids who have been hurt while climbing trees has dropped off by 50 percent over the same period. Injuries caused by skateboarding, rollerblading, skiing and "other skating accidents" had fallen even more, down by 57 percent over the past seven years.

"This fall in what would be perceived as traditional growing-up accidents is bad news for childhood," said sociology professor Frank Furedi. "The digital bedroom culture is growing all the time at the expense of the outdoors. Doing physically challenging outdoor activities teaches children how to deal with risk - and they learn about their own strengths and weaknesses."

I'm sure that many of you are all set to remind me that The Sun is a trashy rag, but this report has a certain ring of validity to it. The explosive growth in the popularity of videogaming across all age groups over the past decade is a simple enough explanation for the rise in related injuries; more distressing in my mind is the drop in "traditional" injuries, a fairly certain sign that kids aren't going outside, running around and doing stupid things to hurt themselves the way they used to.

As Game Culture suggests, it could be caused at least in party by the "increased urbanization [that] has severely reduced the number of climbable trees over the years," but I think it's also quite possible that parents just don't let kids engage in those kinds of "dangerous" activities anymore. Whatever the reason, I'm inclined to go along with Professor Furedi on this one: Kids who don't have at least the opportunity to bust themselves up now and then - and not just by straining their thumbs - are missing out on an important part of growing up.

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As someone who broke both arms as a kid I'm really confused on how that's an important part of growing up?

"Dammit, Jimmy, those games will ruin your eyes. Go outside and break your skull open instead!"

That out of the way, it is important for kids (and, y'know, everyone else) to get enough exercise. The problem is, since we know that everyone outside our immediate family is a pedophile just waiting to drag Jimmy into a van, where are these kids supposed to get that exercise?

I wouldn't trust the Sun if it said the sky was blue. I've never suffered a serious injury growing up and am not sure what I'm supposed to be missing.

I think the point he was trying to make was that by actually engaging with the outside world and getting your knees scraped (so to speak) it improves your life skills in the long run. I.E. you build up a immunity to disease and you can work out whats safe or not. It's all trial and error you know?

Cpt Corallis

I've injured myself plenty of times outdoors, so I'm safe from the most credible newspaper in the world's wrath.

dalek sec:
As someone who broke both arms as a kid I'm really confused on how that's an important part of growing up?

It hurt right? Now you know.

so... reptitive strain never killed anyone, a broken back did.

Still, I broke two ribs and a wrist horsing around in my youth (oh, about 3-4 years ago) so I don't see the issue

So....if i haven't fallen out of a tree, I live a repressed childhood?

orangebandguy:
I've injured myself plenty of times outdoors, so I'm safe from the most credible newspaper in the world's wrath.

dalek sec:
As someone who broke both arms as a kid I'm really confused on how that's an important part of growing up?

It hurt right? Now you know.

Yeah but I knew before hand that broken bones hurt like hell.

I'm more stressed out about school to be honest, it sound like those kids just need to calm the fuck down.

The Sun is b-s

I've never had a RSI

I still fall out of trees and I'm legally an adult

DeadMG:
I wouldn't trust the Sun if it said the sky was blue. I've never suffered a serious injury growing up and am not sure what I'm supposed to be missing.

Yeah...coming from the Sun...

I dont think RSI is as bad as smashing your head by falling out of a tree.

The only really harmful thing about gaming is faceplanting on to a coffe table whilst on Tony hawks:RIDE.

I started getting into video games in the mid 90's. I had a nintendo, sega, and a 486 pc to keep me amused. However, I was still played on multiple school teams including volleyball, track and field, badminton, and various club teams like baseball and curling. Why do gaming and outdoor activities have to mutually exclusive?

Wow the amount of sarcasm in this thread is overwhelming but I can kinda see where they're coming from. Most kids are on their games consoles and swearing at each other. When I was that age I was building camps and tree houses in the woods

Man, I'm sure glad I was injured dozens of times doing stupid stunts to impress my friends growing up instead of safely kicking their asses in things like Brawl. Wait, what?

So instead of staring at a game twiddling your thumbs on a controller, you encourage them to break their fucking skulls? This is something I'd expect to see on The Sun.

OH WAIT.

I don't want to sound like the blame the parents guy but I think part of that may come from parents.

The parents where I live, including my own, are so hyper-overprotective that kids live like prisoners. Little kids (I'm picturing around 10 years old or so) can't play outside unsupervised here, like at all, ever. Its ridiculous.

I've been outside lots of times and rarely got injured. Mainly because I used common sense, something most people seem to lack.

And most parents don't seem to let kids do what people did in the past. Which is tell them to go outside for the whole day and don't come back until dinner. Now when they go out they can only stay around the house and if they need to go anywhere else they need a trusted adult to take them.

orangebandguy:
I've injured myself plenty of times outdoors, so I'm safe from the most credible newspaper in the world's wrath.

dalek sec:
As someone who broke both arms as a kid I'm really confused on how that's an important part of growing up?

It hurt right? Now you know.

Because you totally need to break your arm to know that it hurts.

/sarcasm

You know who the sun went to right, to get these answers? A specific group of people to get the results that they want. If i want, i can walk down the road and see a skatepark filled to the brim with people.

Yeah and when that fucking cabbage had a argument with his parents over a game, ran away, climbed a tree, fell and snapped his idiot neck, it was video games that got the blame for that.
Lets face it. No matter what happens we cop the friggin blame.

I've never trusted the Sun, considering 1. It's owned by News corp. and 2. because I live in Sheffield.

They don't actually give the numbers for what that 60% rise represents. Has it gone from 10 to 16 or 10,000 to 16,000? Those are both 60% increases (unless my math skills are truly terrible). No context = BAAAD journalism.

Hehehe, I fell out of a tree when I was a kid. Real tall tree too. Straight into a patch of nettles. Hurt like hell. Bedridden for ages. RSI has got nothing on that kind of pain.

I was told as a kid that if i sustained any more head injuries i could have been brain damaged. Funny, i'm guessing those wounds healed because for the past couple of years i got several more.

Guess my mum finally died from her head injuries after all the times she's had them but this time was a lot more serious then she ever had it. And that was from just waiting for a taxi yet alone climbing trees...*sigh*

I never injured myself climbing trees. Screw you, The Sun.
I only sprained my ankle jumping off a wall.

But yeah, as you said, this does have a certain validity to it.
Kids should be doing stupid shit outside. Not be shut indoors staring at a screen all day.
That said, I spent like four to five hours a day on my Nintendo when I was young, and I still managed to do my fair share of stupid kid stuff.

Andy Chalk:

[b]A new report by The Sun ...

Oh America, please stop listening to our tabloids. We did years ago.

Andy Chalk:

As Game Culture suggests, it could be caused at least in party by the "increased urbanization [that] has severely reduced the number of climbable trees over the years," but I think it's also quite possible that parents just don't let kids engage in those kinds of "dangerous" activities anymore. Whatever the reason, I'm inclined to go along with Professor Furedi on this one: Kids who don't have at least the opportunity to bust themselves up now and then - and not just by straining their thumbs - are missing out on an important part of growing up.

I can agree with that. Even considering the possibility of games having bad sides seems to be a taboo around here, but I do think that it's good for a kid to get out once in a while. Not getting out, hurt and dirty won't do your immunity any favors, and if you spend most of your kid time holding a mouse (or a controller) your social skills are going to fall behind, I can vouch for that personally. I can imagine the increased urbanization will play an important role in that too, but that's more likely a co-factor to the increase in video-gaming than in falling injuries.

That's because it's hard to climb trees when you're fat.

First off who the hell goes to the docter for repeated strain injurys.... or reports them. I had no clue that was even an injury unless you typed for 8 hours a day for 10 years and got carpal.

Maybe kids are getting smarter... ha.

lol The Sun.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Andy Chalk:

[b]A new report by The Sun ...

Oh America, please stop listening to our tabloids. We did years ago.

This.

ahhh back in the days of youth, possible concussions, sprained everything, spending hours sitting in a tree because you climbed too high and are terrified of trying to get back down. (this article makes me want to go assassin's creed in the forest tomorrow)

I think a main point thats been overlooked is the state of the world outside someones house these days.
When i was a kid it was pretty tame on the streets. Now i've had a kid no older than 11 threaten to 'knife' me, for no less than wearing a trilby.

i don't blame kids not wanting to play outside, falling out a tree is all well and good, but a chance of being stabbed? I think i'll pass.

I would agree if it wasn't for three things.

1)Its the Sun
2)Government shutting down play areas due to their danger
3)Government disallowing ball games in parts of the city.

What else are kids supposed to do? play tig in the kitchen?.

Cant we play video games AND play outside? Must they be one or the other?

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