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eSports stars experience same physical strains as professional athletes

A study out of a Germany university shows eSports professionals experience the same sort of physical strain as professional athletes in other sports.

A study conducted by the German Sports University in Cologne, headed by Professor Ingo Froböse, found that in many cases eSports players were experiencing more physical strain on certain parts of their body than athletes completing in more established sports.

“The eSports athletes achieve up to 400 movements on the keyboard and the mouse per minute, four times as much as the average person. The whole thing is asymmetrical, because both hands are being moved at the same time and various parts of the brain are also being used at the same time,” the study said.

Interestingly, this sort of physical activity is not seen in other sports, suggesting eSports demands a unique level of hand-eye coordination.

The study was conducted by looking at the levels of stress hormone cortisol in the eSports professional’s bodies. Shockingly, it was found to be of similar level to race car drivers.

eSports professionals also have a high pulse strain on the body similar to running fast in a sprint in a marathon.

“That’s not to mention the motor skills involved,” Froböse said. “So in my opinion, eSports are just as demanding as most other types of sports, if not more demanding.”

Interesting stuff, and you can read more about the study here.

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