There is no denying Pokémon Go has taken communities by storm. Swarms of people all ages are filling streets and parks on a virtual Pokémon adventure. There are some benefits to playing this game, as people are becoming more active, and socializing with each other. That being said, there are five common injuries Pokémon Go players have been suffering from throughout the world. These injuries are all easily preventable. With a few simple precautions, all of these injuries can be avoided.
- Pokémon Go’s popularity has peaked amidst the stifling heat of summer. Players go outside, oftentimes without taking into consideration the risk of Sunburn.
A simple and easy way to prevent getting burnt is to wear sunscreen. However it is important to keep reapplying your sunscreen every two hours. If you do get burnt in your pursuit of Pokémon, it is important to soothe your skin and keep it moisturized. A compress soaked in skim milk and ice is the best way to relieve the burn. It is also best to hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer, and apply 1% hydrocortisone ointment twice a day.
- The second common injury to Pokémon Go players may come as a surprise to some. UVB rays reflect off of phone screens, causing Skin Damage.
The American Academy of Dermatologists recently published an article about the damage reflected UVB Rays pose. It is highly recommended that people limit their phone usage when they are outside, to avoid UV light being reflected directly onto their face.
- One of the benefits of playing Pokémon Go is the physical activity aspect of the game. Playing the game requires a lot of walking, which is excellent exercise. However, blisters can result as a painful consequence.
The chances of getting blisters can be reduced by following these tips. Cotton clothing and socks should be avoided if possible when you are being physically active. Cotton soaks up a lot of sweat, which results in more friction and chafing. Instead, opt for moisture-wicking materials, and loose fitting clothing. Also make sure your shoes fit properly and provide enough support. Another great way to reduce friction is by using powder or petroleum jelly. If you do have any irritated areas, wear soft bandages. Lastly, we recommend taking a break and allowing your blisters to heal, before you go out and catch more Pokémon.
- Pokémon Go players are glued to their phone screens. Many are not being mindful of their surrounding environments. This lack of attention leads to Sprains, Fractures, and Broken Bones, the fourth most common injuries.
Serious injuries while playing Pokémon Go can be avoided by simply looking up. Instead of looking down while walking, it is important to pay attention to where you are going. This way you will not run into things or trip and fall. When you reach a curb, look around to make sure you aren’t walking into traffic. Be aware of bikes and cars that can potentially be deadly. Lastly, be a considerate Pokémon hunter, and be mindful of other pedestrians. Many of us have seen YouTube videos of people operating cars while playing Pokemon Go who then get into car accidents. Distracted driving is a very serious problem that can result in serious injuries or even death. Never play Pokemon Go while driving a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or other activity which requires your full attention.
- The last injury that can come as a result of playing Pokémon Go is Mental Health injuries. Many have become obsessive over the game, playing it around the clock. Potentially being an addict can severely damage lives of the addict and the people in his or her life.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medication, addiction is, “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” Playing Pokémon Go is a great way to get outside and interact with other people. If you do play Pokémon Go, just remember not to let it overtake your life. Also remember to be aware of your environment at all times, and make sure you are being as safe as possible on your Pokémon adventure.
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