It had to happen, and so it has. A doctor in Spain has categorically diagnosed 'Wiiitis', or Nintendo Wii tennis elbow.

Involving, as it does, some physical activity, the Wii was always going to prove dangerous to gamers. It was ambitious of Nintendo to expect pasty-faced youths, whose idea of excercise is to scrape the filth from their fingernails, to leap about their stinking bedrooms without suffering a prolapse.

Within weeks of the Ninetendo Wii's release we heard the first (probably apocryphal) tales of children in America going to see physicians, scared by the strange new feelings they were experiencing. (The feelings were, er, a raised heartbeat, slight breathlessness and a healthy glow.)

But physical exertion is not the only cause of gaming injury. I still bear scars caused by my batting intransigence while playing Brian Lara Cricket on the original PlayStation. My friends didn't appreciate my safety first approach - only Geoff Boycott would - and took to nipping me, hard, to get me out. Similarly, a respectable, married friend of mine once received 50 headbutts on the arm as his penance for losing an ISS Pro Evolution penalty shootout. And don't even mention the burnt fingers from playing Track and Field.

Throw in 'Tetris eye' - close your eyes and watch those blocks fall into place. For hours - and you get the picture. Gaming is dangerous.

And it's not a new problem. During my 'Sonic phase', I developed an irrational obsession with golden rings and a morbid fear of spikes.

None of which compares with the malevolent rage, stress and bleakness that only a lengthy game of Championship Manager can give me. Yup, life insurance evaluators, take notice. Gaming is bad for your health - probably best to have a nice safe spot of lion taming or a lie down.