Smartphone usage rates continue to skyrocket, but you may want to take a break every once in a while to avoid possible injuries.
In a recent interview with the Concord Monitor, NBA center Matt Bonner believes his tennis elbow may have been caused by the new Apple iPhone 6. He specifically identified having to stretch further to hit the buttons, which seems a bit unreal given that Matt is 6 feet, 10 inches, and likely has hands much longer than most of us.
Matt Bonner's shooting average dropped from 42.8 percent to 32.4 percent during the time he had the tennis elbow injury on his non-shooting elbow. He has played for 11 years so age could also have been a factor in contributing to the injury.
The article doesn't state if he was using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but if he is straining to reach buttons it was probably an iPhone 6 Plus. I have to use two hands to use my iPhone 6 Plus, but have yet to suffer any strain or pain from the iPhone.
I did suffer wrist pain from wearing my Apple Watch too low on my wrist so I do believe you can experience injuries from tech products through either improper or over use.
Recent articles discussed 'text neck' that is caused by people hunching over their phones for extended periods of time. I see this daily on my two hour train commute and observing this helps me put the phone down, look up and out the windows, while enjoying music rather than staring at the display.
In 2013, Detroit Tigers Joel Zumaya claimed his sore wrist was caused from playing too much Guitar Hero on the Sony Playstation 2. Due to his vital role as a professional pitcher, the Tigers organization ordered him to stop playing Guitar Hero so he could play in the World Series.
I've struggled in the past to get the plastic off a DVD package, which is the same issue that led Padres pitcher Adam Eaton to stab himself in the stomach with a knife. If you don't have long fingernails, you need something to get that shrink wrap off, right?
Way back in 1991, Sacramento Kings rookie Lionel Simmons developed tendinitis in his left wrist and forearm from playing too many video games on his Nintendo GameBoy. He missed two games from the injury. He retired in 1997 due to chronic injuries, but these were not related to GameBoy play.
Make sure to take a break from tech products this summer or at least don't use them until you injure yourself.