Drs. Pourmand, Kuhl, and O'Connell conducted a review of the literature and predictions for Pokémon GO! videogame related illness and injury

February 7, 2017

Dr. Ali PourmandDr. Evan KuhlDr. Francis O'ConnellThis article reviews injuries associated with video games, from Space Invaders to Nintendo Wii, and discusses how games like Pokemon Go and other augmented reality games may lead to new injury patterns in users. Traditional video games result most commonly in overuse injuries, while the introduction of motion-tracking games such as the Nintendo Wii has led to more traumatic injuries in participants. With the release of Pokemon Go, there is a potential for pedestrian injuries, distracted driving, and severe traumatic accidents.