It is not unusual for a 10 year old child to play video games for 3 or more hours per day. Let’s face it this can have a deleterious effect on your child’s performance in school. This brief article will allow you to have a better understanding of the muscles involved in playing these video games. Hopefully leading to better grades for your young gamers.
The neck supports the head which weighs about 8- 12 lbs. The more the head moves forward to accommodate the activity the greater the pressure is on the neck. The longer the gamer is at it, the greater the force it must support. So the slippery slope to a painful neck begins.
The obvious answer is to limit gaming times. The young gamers are at it on average 21 hours a week. This estimate is on the low side since the study I am referring to is 6 years old. Stopping cold turkey will probably not work. My suggestion is to stop using phones and computers 1 hour earlier.
Be prepared to meet with teenage angst. “Everyone else is doing it why can’t I?” Your reply “because I love you and care about you”. Your child will sleep better if you start eliminating their games at least an hour before going to bed. Better sleep is an additional benefit. These games tend to overstimulate cutting into restful Delta sleep.
A refreshed youngster is more likely to do better in school and have less neck strain. Think of the money and aggravation you will save by not having to bring your child to the chiropractor.