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Fighting game players are very vulnerable to hand injuries so Alex Myers teaches how to prevent from getting hurt in the first place via key stretches

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 16, 2020 at 10:23 a.m. PDT • Comments: 10

Performing repetitive tasks for long periods of time without breaks is a surefire way to become injured, so it's no surprise that many professional and dedicated fighting game players suffer from issues with their hands, wrists and arms including painful conditions like tendinitis.

This applies to pro Street Fighter player Alex Myers who recently used his years of experience as a patient in physical therapy to create a video to help prevent others from pushing their bodies past the breaking point while playing games for an extended period of time.

The methods in Myers' guide rely on a variety of stretches to help stop inflammation and pain before it sets in with a focus on the hands and wrists while also tapping into some other areas of the body that aren't thought of as much when it comes to gaming-related health issues.

One of the most overlooked parts according to Myers is the back and specifically the thoracic spine (upper back) which can lead to limited range of movement and more, prolonged problems the Street Fighter veteran explains.

Everyone has their own personal scale of pain, but Myers highly suggests taking a break from activities once you reach a 3 or 4 out of 10 and every hour or so while playing games to do the five minute routine details in the video.

We do have to explicitly point out that Myers is not a medical professional or trained physical therapist, so his words should not be taken as a cure to an already existing condition and instead as a preventative measure to stop pain from starting in the first place. If you suspect you are suffering from a gaming-related medical condition, please see a licensed physician.

Keeping our fingers, hands and wrists healthy is an important part of continuing to play fighting games, so we do suggest taking a look at Myers' video below along with the additional information found on its YouTube page.

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