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Stretching guide to avoid injury for streamers, pro players and hardcore gamers

Published: 24/Oct/2019 17:12 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 17:56

by Kamil Malinowski


It’s important to take care of your hands and wrists while gaming and stretches are a good way to reduce the possibility of things like Repetitive Stress Injury, so we have compiled a list of a few of the best stretches you can do to help stay injury-free.

Hands and wrists are one of the most important assets for any streamer and pro player, without them playing most games would be a whole lot more difficult.

It’s very easy to spend hours on the PC every day and not think of any consequences, but too much repetition can be harmful, so here is a quick guide on how to help your hands and wrist with various stretches.

Streamers and pro players spend a long time playing, and are susceptible to injury.

A doctor named Dr Levi Harrsion started a YouTube channel to educate people about staying healthy, in one video, he shared a few tips centered on keeping your hands and wrists healthy while gaming. Here are some of the most important tips he shared.

Regularly take a short break 

Before even getting into stretches, it’s important to take a short, regular break to give your hands some time to rest. Even though your hands may not feel tired, doing a repetitive thing over and over for hours isn’t great.

Hand stretches

A good series of movements to stretch your hands can do wonders. Dr Levi suggests to make a full fist, open your hand wide, move your fingers to make a 90 degree angle where they meet your palm (also known as the tabletop), put your fingers into a claw shape, then put your fingers flat on your palm, and to finish off make a full fist again.

Finger stretches

Finger stretches are equally as important as hand stretches as they are used just as much when playing.

Dr Levi Harrison / YoutubeHand stretches are important for anyone that plays games.

To begin with, push each of your fingers back individually to stretch them out, that’s all there is to it. However, the thumb is one of the most important fingers to focus on, so there are a few more stretches you can do for it.

Push your thumb back and forward, then reach across your palm and touch each of your fingers with it. Afterward, make a full fist, then open it and spread your fingers out, before putting them back together and closing your fist again.

Dr levi harrison / YoutubeThere are many different stretches you can do.

General stretches

There are also a few general stretches that you can do to help out multiple, and even all, parts of your hands and wrists.

These include shaking your hands around, putting your arm out and lifting your wrist, then stretching all of your fingers back, followed by pulling your wrist down and holding it.

Stretching can be very important as repetitive strain injuries can hinder game play. Some of the best professional players like Starcraft’s Lee “Flash” Young Ho and CS:GO’s Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson suffered from wrist problems and even had to take stop competing for a time. 


Tyler1 amazes Smash Ultimate pros after battling MkLeo on Twitch

Published: 28/Nov/2020 1:38

by Andrew Amos


Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp faced off against the number one Smash Ultimate player, Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ López Pérez, in what was meant to be a fun T1 crossover. Instead, the League challenger got to work, trash talking and smashing about the best in the world.

Tyler1 doesn’t do anything by halves. He’s loud, and has the personality to match. He revs up his Twitch stream to hundreds of thousands of adoring fans daily, who are there not for the gameplay, but for the Tyler1 ride.

Those who caught the streamer’s November 27 cast were certainly in for a ride. The League of Legends star collided with Smash Ultimate’s biggest name, MkLeo.

It makes sense a crossover between the two was inevitable ⁠— with both being part of prestigious organization T1 ⁠— but the action exceeded everyone’s expectations. Of course, Tyler1 got trounced by MkLeo. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t able to get a stock or two, and the League streamer let the Smash pro know about it.

“Leo, I don’t think you’re that good dude. How bad are Smash players if I almost f**king beat you,” Tyler1 said, while struggling to get more than half a stock on average every game.

MkLeo didn’t take it lying down though. “You’re so bad that you’re really good at the same time,” he hit back with.

Tyler1 kept frying the big fish though. Next on his stop of trash talk was Leffen. “Leffen is a scrawny p*ssy a** b*tch. Kid sucks at f**king Smash. Rages at a children’s game, f**king loser,” he said, which had MkLeo in stitches. He had enough slaptalk for Samsora and other pros too.

Fans were also treated to some iconic Tyler1 reactions, and there was none bigger than the streamer’s bewilderment at Arsene, Joker’s Persona. “What the hell is that? Did you just enter a cheat code, bud? Are you cheating?”

After it was all said and done though, the crossover did what it intended to do. It united the League of Legends and Smash communities, and entertained everyone in the crossover that no one really wanted, but they definitely enjoyed.

“Playing and chilling with [Tyler1] really made me realize what it is to be a streamer and a gamer. Loved his personality and him as a person, looking forward to more collaborations like these,” MkLeo said on Twitter.

“T1 playing smash with Leo was actually so godlike. Makes me actually want to play league more and see if I can get to further than Masters,” Samsora also added on Twitter.

Tyler1 kept his side of the story nice and quaint though: “It was pretty fun.”