New research claims to show how playing sports and fighting games can help fight pain.
Students at Wheeling Jesuit University found that some games can distract patients from suffering. Dr. Bryan Raudenbush said, "Our students found that these gaming distractions may be most helpful in children and young adults undergoing painful procedures or suffering from chronic pain, as these individuals comprise the largest gamer demographics."
Raudenbush and his students tried to work out which genres of games helped significantly distract participants from pain. The study, Effects of Video Game Play Types on Pain Threshold and Tolerance, is being released next week.
"By capitalizing on one-on-one research opportunities with professors—a hallmark of Wheeling Jesuit—students can change their world. Because of their research, our students may improve the quality of life for children undergoing medical treatments or painful procedures,” said Raudenbush.
He added. "There are implications here for children, adolescents, and young adults, all of whom are the primary users of such video games. Physicians could possible implement this in their office to aid in distraction during a painful procedure such as injection or dental work."