Army Major Says ‘Nintendo Generation’ Are at Higher Risk of Injury in the Army

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FILE – Members of the Texas Army National Guard stand next to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and 10 other governors hold a press conference at Anzalduas Park October 6, 2021 in Mission, Texas. Texas’ (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) — A statement from Pentagon officials says Gen Z’s “sedentary lifestyle” makes them more injury-prone in military training camps.

The release was posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, a website that posts Pentagon photos, videos, press releases and news.

In the article, Army Maj. Jon-Marc Thibodeau, clinical coordinator and head of medical readiness in Missouri, says new Army recruits are at higher risk of injury due to a lack of activity before their arrival. In particular, the statement targets army recruits between the ages of 18 and 25.

“The ‘Generation Nintendo’ soldier’s skeleton isn’t hardened from activity before it arrives, so some of them break more easily,” Thibodeau said.

Army Capt. Lydia Blondin, Missouri’s deputy chief of physical therapy, added that the majority of injuries they see are from overuse.

“We see injuries ranging from acute fractures and falls to ACL tears, muscle strains and stress fractures,” Blondin said.

Thibodeau added that he recommends recruits “get off the couch” before basic training. Some of the recommended methods for doing this include starting an exercise program that gradually increases to perform activities performed during base training, drinking milk and soaking up the sun, and watching your diet.

Some gaming websites, such as Nintendo Life and Kotaku, reacted laughingly and negatively to the announcement, especially the part calling Gen Z the “Nintendo generation”. Many have pointed out that such a label ignores the fact that Nintendo has been releasing game consoles since the 1980s, before Gen Z existed.

Ironically, the US Army and Navy are using military funds to recruit Gen Zers to become Twitch streamers and play on their official esports teams. The official US Army Twitch stream can be found here. The official US Navy Twitch stream can be found here.

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