Army officer says ‘Nintendo Generation’ service members have a higher risk of injuries

Then-Capt. Jon Marc Thibodeau shares his personal story about suicide and seeking help in 2017. (Screenshot from video by Debra Thompson)

The Pentagon is worried that Generation Z may not be as durable as their Millennial predecessors and that their less active lifestyle may be leading to more injuries in training.

A report by Army Major Jon-Marc Thibodeau, a clinical coordinator, and medical readiness chief in Missouri, states that new recruits to the Army are at higher risk of injuries due to a lack of activity prior to enlistment and basic training.

The report appears to primarily focus on adults aged 18 to 25.

“The ‘Nintendo Generation’ soldier skeleton is not toughened by activity prior to arrival, so some of them break more easily,” said Thibodeau.

It should be noticed that “Nintendo Generation” is a misnomer in this case, as members of that generation grew up in the 1980s and 1990s.

According to 8News Now, the injuries suffered by “Zoomer” recruits often stem from overuse or overextension of muscles and bones.

“We see injuries ranging from acute fractures and falls, to tears in the ACL, to muscle strains and stress fractures, with the overwhelming majority of injuries related to overuse,” said Army Capt. Lydia Blondin, assistant chief of physical therapy at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood.

Thibodeau suggests that Gen Z should spend less time gaming and more time being active, an ironic suggestion in the face of the massive Twitch-based recruitment campaigns run by the US Army and Navy, respectively.

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