As seen in Curbed, the Center for Esports Medicine's Mark Gugliotti, D.P.T. explains how ergonomic gaming chairs can encourage good posture and prevent future injury. Gugliotti notes that the major difference between the conditions of a competitive gamer and the typical office worker is prolonged hours or competition. As the gamers become immersed in their activity, sometimes for periods of five or six hours straight, they may lose sight of their posture, which could lead to back or neck injuries.
"There’s a tendency to want to lurch forward, to actually be in the game,” says Gugliotti. He notes that this change in position means the back, head, and neck are no longer being supported, and the wrist and hands come out of alignment, potentially pressing on the nerves and causing repetitive stress injuries. Gaming chairs address these points of pain via lumbar supports for the lower back, molded shoulder and headrests, and highly maneuverable armrests that adjust both front and back and sideways. Some gamers also like a deep recline. “I see them almost laying down while competing, but I don’t see them adjusting their screen” when they are in that position, Gugliotti says, “putting undue strain on their neck.”
Harper Appears on Fans for the Cure Podcast
Nov 17, 2020
Brian Harper, M.D., chief medical officer and associate professor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), appeared on the Fans for the Cure prostate cancer awareness podcast “Stay in the Game.” Harper and Ed Randall, CEO and founder of Fans for the Cure, discussed the impact of cancer in underserved communities and how socioeconomic status and environment can disproportionately subject these groups to disease. Throughout his career, Harper has worked to address issues such as HIV, communicable diseases, and health disparities. He also served as Suffolk County Health Commissioner prior to arriving at NYITCOM.
Nike Features Rothstein in Story on Mid-Workout Recovery
Nov 13, 2020
Expert advice from Alex Rothstein, M.S., instructor and coordinator for the Exercise Science degree program, has been featured in the Nike.com Coaching blog on the benefits of taking a mid-workout recovery. Rothstein dispels the notion that taking a break during exercise can hinder an athlete's progress, noting that the opposite may, in fact, be true.
“Think about halftime at a football game, a time-out in a basketball game, or the brief rests in between rounds of a boxing match,” says Rothstein. “All are considered mid-competition breaks that help reset a player’s mind and body without interfering with the rhythm of the game or match.”
He also notes that during a workout, the body uses adenosine triphosphate and glucose for energy. Both of these get depleted while lifting heavy weights, due to the elevated energy demand. However, a short break can give the body the rest it needs to recover some of those supplies, he explains.
CollegeRecruiter.com Highlights Career Services: Finding an Internship During the Pandemic
Nov 12, 2020
Director of Career Services Laurie Hollister is featured in a CollegeRecruiter.com blog article suggesting that “students struggling to find an internship due to COVID may want to pivot.” Three key tips she offers to students trying to find an internship in this environment are to be proactive, use your college resources, and reinvent yourself. “If hiring in your industry is flat due to COVID, talk to your career coach about making a pivot. Use your skills in a related industry instead of missing out on an internship,” Hollister said.
Tech & Learning Quotes Zwibel in Esports Medicine Story
Nov 05, 2020
Hallie Zwibel, D.O., medical director and director for the NYIT Center for Esports Medicine, is featured in Tech & Learning on the impact of esports injuries. Zwibel recalls that when the Center's healthcare experts began their research, they went to consult the medical literature on esports player health but found it was nonexistent. This lack of scientific research further fueled the Center's mission to encourage healthy behavior among gamers, especially as esports increases in popularity.
“The only thing I could find was about whether esports was a sport or not, which is academically interesting, but didn't help me whatsoever, in terms of the practical nature of what I had to do,” says Zwibel. “We decided to take on the challenge ourselves, and start to do that foundational research that explores what the health and injury concerns are.”
In addition to noting the Center as a pioneer in its field, the article shares that one of the first steps to a healthy gamer is a healthy gaming space, with Zwibel citing the importance of ergonomic stations and taking breaks for standing and eye exercises.
InnovateLI Highlights Report on Tech Sector Employment for Disabled People
Oct 29, 2020
A new report released by New York Tech and the Institute for Career Development identifying challenges and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to thrive in fast-growing technology sectors is featured in InnovateLI.
The report, “Opportunities for Pathways & Collaborations: Creating a Pipeline of Individuals with Disabilities for Employment in the Technology Sector,” includes recommendations designed to help employers, training organizations and policymakers develop and draw upon “the underutilized talents and capacities of individuals with disabilities.”
WIRED UK featured comments from Hallie Zwibel, D.O., medical director for the Academic Health Care Centers and director of the NYIT Center for Esports Medicine, in a story on the ailments faced by competitive gamers. Explaining how many esport athletes are unaware of these issues, Zwibel notes, “They view themselves for the most part as perfectly healthy. [But] if you dig a little bit deeper, and not too deep at all, you find there are significant issues that really do need to be addressed,”
As the article states, Zwibel and his colleagues have investigated what can go wrong for esports gamers when they adopt problematic behaviors and routines. An NYIT Center for Esports Medicine survey of 65 university-age esports players found that most reported some kind of muscular pain or fatigue – but just two percent had sought medical advice to treat their conditions. Another, smaller survey of a similar cohort found that esports players had unusually large amounts of body fat. Despite looking relatively trim, because these individuals had such sedentary lives and lower muscle mass, technically they were obese.
Tuition Freeze Featured in InnovateLI
Oct 26, 2020
As seen in InnovateLI's "Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus" newsletter, due to the financial strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on students and their families, New York Institute of Technology has announced a freeze of all tuitions and fees for its Summer 2021 term and its Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. The article also notes that the university has taken several other helpful measures, including adopting a test-optional admissions policy, new priority deadlines for early admissions and financial aid consideration, and enhanced online access to admissions and financial aid resources.
POPSUGAR Quotes NYITCOM's Bono on Cold Hands
Oct 23, 2020
Comments from NYITCOM's Nancy Bono, D.O., have been featured in online health and lifestyle outlet POPSUGAR. In the article, Bono, who serves as department chair and associate professor of family medicine, shares how anemia and vitamin deficiencies can contribute to cold hands.
"A vitamin B12 deficiency can give you neurological symptoms, including the feeling of cold hands and feet, numbness, or tingling," she says.
Singleton discusses topics including his path to studying cybersecurity at New York Tech, his work at the ETIC on-campus business incubator, his plans for the future, and possible ways to get young students interested in pursuing studies in the field, among others.