So many people are into Pokémon Go, which is the new craze that takes on the classic yet popular franchise. Unfortunately, most of them are getting a little too into the game.

Doctors warn that this new addiction could be harmful to the players’ health. There are some who appreciate the augmented reality game’s uniqueness in layering gameplay to the physical environment, which encourages players to go out instead of staying in. But several reports have emerged about players suffering from different types of accidents.

As the search for animated creatures in the streets continues, more injuries surface and it is best that players know how to avoid them to stay safe and healthy.

1. Sunburn

Often, playing Pokémon Go means you need to play outdoors, which means having to deal with the unbearable heat wave. But don’t panic because there are some very simple ways to combat sunburn and other related problems:

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Wear a hat as well.
  • Avoid going out on the peak hours of the sun, which is from 10 AM to 2 PM. If it’s really too hot, stay indoors until 4 PM.

2. Blisters

If you’re not used to a lot of walking, this game can cause you to have blisters. But you can avoid getting blisters with the following tips:

Use nylon socks, not cotton socks.

  • Your shoes should fit properly. Avoid wearing very tight shoes, which can cause the blisters.
  • Your clothes should be loose-fitting and if possible, stay away from cotton-made clothes.
  • Apply bandages on areas prone to blisters, such as your thighs and feet.

3. Fractures and Sprains

There have been reports about players suffering from broken bones and even dislocated joints. Because these people have their eyes glued on their smartphone, they could easily end up with sprains and other serious injuries. In fact, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) discovered that about a quarter of Americans have gone through such incidents with 78% of them distracted while walking. Avoid this kind of problem by being vigilant:

  • Just because you found a Pokémon in the middle of the street does not mean you should forget there are cars around.
  • As you cross the road, don’t always look down your screen.
  • Avoid walking into people by being mindful of other pedestrians.

It all sounds so elementary; just stay alert while you track those Pokémon creatures down. But even so, many players play the game without their safety in mind and even doing so in risky places. Being a good gamer means being a smart player. Pay attention to your surroundings and heed the in-game warnings to avoid any unfortunate incident.