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How To Be A Computer Athlete

October 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Any sports enthusiast knows the value of training, good coaching, a healthy diet and enough sleep, and using the correct sports equipment.  You’ve probably heard, for example, that the 41 year-old Olympic swimmer Dara Torres has a team which includes a head coach, a sprint coach, a strength coach, two stretchers, two masseuses, a chiropractor and more, at the cost of at least $100,000 per year.

Do you give yourself those benefits when you use the computer?

Most of us use our computers more and more…  for work, fun, information, keeping in contact with friends and family, etc.  But do we match our extensive use of the computer with doing it right?

Brian Bentow’s new book, The Computer Athlete’s Handbook is a great resource to help you more comfortably use your computer.  The book’s major strength is its review of options which many of us aren’t familiar with, including:

  • keyboard options
  • a better mouse and other devices
  • voice recognition software

As well as:

  • setup and posture
  • amount of time you use your computer

Included in the idea of being a computer athlete is attention to nutrition, stress management and fitness.  These chapters are important and right on!

I hope this book reaches everyone who uses a computer.  By reading it, you can avoid pain caused by your computer, or work to eliminate pain if you already have it.  This book particularly struck a nerve (ha!) because my originial injury when I developed a pain disorder was caused by poor arm posture and excessive use of my computer.  I think the chapters on computer devices, keyboards, voice recognition, etc, could even be expanded to include more detail.

This book is a vital call to attention for all of us to use our computers more safely.  Indeed, I think the book should be required reading for anyone using a keyboard and mouse.  If Brian can get Microsoft and Dell to include this book with every computer sold, the world would be a more comfortable place :)

Read an excerpt of The Computer Athlete’s Handbook at Amazon.  Thanks to I Can Haz Cheezburger for the photo.  Related articles you might enjoy:  Our series on computers and pain – especially how to avoid it!

Grand Rounds, a medical-blog carnival is posted this week at Notes of an Anesthesioboist.


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