CJ Louey, Esports Advisor, for NGame Esports talks about health and fitness in esports.
Esports organization J. Storm partners with performance technology company Hyperice to promote health and wellness in esports. Do you think this is a step in the right direction as health and wellness is becoming more prevalent in esports?
Professional athletes from sports to esports are often on a strict schedule to be successful in their respective fields. Each field has physical injuries that players are prone to. Baseball pitchers are susceptible to arm ligament injuries, and basketball players are susceptible to leg injuries. If you think esports players are not injury prone then tell that to your average 9 to 5 office worker who is at a desk all day.
Back injuries, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and tendinitis are all issues that esports players are susceptible to as they practice multiple hours a day. No matter what your profession is, we should work in an environment that cares about our physical and mental health.
From your perspective do you think esports players have more mental health or physical health issues when playing at a high level?
I do not believe that players who compete at a higher level are more likely to sustain physical or mental issues. Reflected in my 9 to 5 office worker example, I think physical and mental issues are correlated with the amount of time people work on their trade. With that being said, gamers regardless of level of play are likely to develop issues by playing over an extended amount of time.
It is a matter of determining what is considered too much and what teams can do to alleviate those issues in order to hold successful practices. Time is not the only factor but I think it is a very important factor to consider when it comes to a player’s health.