Esports Healthcare: Gamer Stretches

Following any gaming session, the Gamer Stretches help protect your muscles and joints from injury.

The importance of the gamer stretches

Performing a cooldown is important following any physical activity, and gaming is no different!

A good cooldown will make you feel relaxed. A great cooldown will initiate your body's healing process and help to prevent injury in your future.

The Esports Healthcare: Gamer Stretches are a comprehensive, static stretch routine that targets the muscles and joints involved in gaming—both PC and console—that will help you recover and limit your risk for injury.

Finger, hand, wrist, and forearm stretches


Note: All stretches should be performed to a mild-to-moderate level intensity. Perform each stretch to the point of mild discomfort, and no further. Stretches should not hurt! If a stretch causes pain, do not continue, and consult your doctor or other health care professional.


Prayer position stretch

  1. Begin by pressing your palms and fingers together with your fingers pointing upward and your elbows pointing outward.
  2. Increase the intensity of the stretch by keeping your elbows in place and lowering your hands. You should feel a mild discomfort but no pain.
  3. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.
Gamer stretches

Supine flexors stretch

Perform this stretch on both hands

  1. Begin with your elbow straight and your palm facing upward.
  2. With your other hand, pull your wrist downward, stretching the palm side of your forearm. You should feel a mild discomfort but no pain.
  3. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds on each arm.

Reverse prayer position stretch

  1. Begin by pressing the backs of your hands and fingers together with your fingers pointing downward and your elbows pointing outward.
  2. Increase the intensity of the stretch by keeping your elbows in place and raising your hands. You should feel a mild discomfort but no pain.
  3. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.

Pronated extensors stretch

Perform this stretch on both hands

  1. Begin with your elbow straight and your palm facing downward.
  2. With your other hand, pull your wrist downward, stretching the top side of your forearm. You should feel a mild discomfort but no pain.
  3. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds on each arm.

Thumb adductor stretch

Perform this stretch on both hands

  1. Begin with your arm extended in front of you. Keep your elbow straight, your palm facing in front of you, and your fingers pointed upward.
  2. With your other hand, GENTLY pull your thumb downward and backward. Do not pull your thumb too hard. You should feel a light stretch at the base of your thumb.
  3. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds on each hand.

Thumb extensor stretch

Perform these stretches on both hands

  1. Begin by bending your thumb into the palm of your hand and gripping it with your other fingers.
  2. Bend your wrist towards the pinky side of your hand. You should feel the stretch on the thumb side of your forearm.
  3. Hold this stretch on both hands for 30 seconds.

Joint distraction: fingers & thumbs

Perform this exercise with both hands

  1. Begin with your hand relaxed in front of your body and your palm facing towards your chest.
  2. With the other hand, grip the tip of your index finger and gently pull your finger outward. You may feel and see some separation at your knuckle joints.
  3. Repeat step 2 with the middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger.
  4. Hold each for 5-10 seconds

Joint distraction: wrists

Perform this exercise with both hands

  1. Begin with your hand relaxed in front of your body and your palm facing towards your chest.
  2. With one hand, grip the other hand above the wrist joint and gently pull outward. You may feel and see some separation at your wrist joint.
  3. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds

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Disclaimer

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Esports Healthcare disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

The information contained on this website does not establish, nor does it imply, doctor-patient relationship. Esports Healthcare does not offer this information for diagnostic purposes. A diagnosis must not be assumed based on the information provided.

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