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Until the Okagami Runaround Omnidirectional Treadmill is in Every Home – Beware the DVT!

On the floor, directly underneath my suspended haptic chair, was my Okagami Runaround omnidirectional treadmill. (“ No matter where you go, there you are” was the manufacturer’s slogan.) The treadmill was about two meters square and six centimeters thick. When it was activated, I could run at top speed in any direction and never reach the edge of the platform. If I changed direction, the treadmill would sense it, and its rolling surface would change direction to match me, always keeping my body near the center of its platform. This model was also equipped with built-in lifts and an amorphous surface, so that it could simulate walking up inclines and staircases.

Cline, Ernest (2011-08-16). Ready Player One (Kindle Locations 3429-3434). Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

For the majority of people, being a dedicated eSports athlete means a lot of time logged in a chair. Unfortunately, this makes eSports athletes very prone to deep vein thrombosis or DVT. DVT is no joke and for young eSports enthusiasts who log many hours a day in their chairs, even if they are very comfy chairs, can have serious health implications.

Game Informer Health Week

eSports Health Culling Fields – Game Informer

Trying to establish the evidence base for what has been posted by the eSports and gaming experts to see what ground has been covered. It looks as though a few years back that Game Informer had a full blown Gamer Health Week!

Topics covered included:

  • Hearing Loss
  • A gamers diet
  • Wrist health (e.g. carpal tunnel)
  • Vision Health
  • Healthy sleeping habits

Take a look at their blogs and some of the chats, not bad advice:

This commenter didn’t seem to believe the hype though:

what a stupid news post were all mad at someone for making a health report just like this.and i cant even understand why sleeping on a comfortable couch would be harmful.i played fallout 3 till 2 in the morning and i feel FI….

They do seem a little aggressive though…maybe some more sleep in a comfy bed will help.