Visiting the hallmarks of a conventional sport, Chess confidently aligns with distinguished personality traits of high performing athletes according to sports scientist Daniel Brown from the University of Portsmouth. The ingrained idea of an established sport requires a participant to engage in physically challenging and demanding tasks to achieve a competitive goal through teamwork, determination, focus and persistence.
According to a study by Professor Ingo Frobose from the German Sports University in Cologne on eSports competitors, an eSports athlete maintains a similar heartrate of a marathon runner (160-180 bpm) during competitive play and “the amount of cortisol produced is about the same level as that or a race-car driver”. These results are not sustainable for any sportsperson without a balanced health routine and nutrition regime.
Hai Lam, a professional eSports athlete from ‘FlyQuest’ notes in an article published by major eSports and extreme sports sponsor, Redbull ‘Why physical performance matters in Esports’, that “first and foremost, the primary objectives are to enhance your overall performance, health and wellness, reducing risk of injury and extending game longevity” and ‘there’s four pillars of performance that can be addressed (during competitive play) Nutrition, Recovery, Psychological and Physical”. Lam further comments, “I think there’s a stigma behind esports and video gaming where you imagine people just sitting behind computer screens and TVs with horrible diets and no real structure, but I think it’s quite the opposite. When comparing to other raditional sports, I see more similarities rather than differences.” Lam’s ‘Overwatch’ team are currently ranked fourth in the world.
Competitive video gaming will be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games and the International Olympic Commission (IOC) are considering eSports to be a demonstration title for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
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Mark Mendez-Cortes eSports Coordinator