Do E-Athletes Move? : A Study on Training and Physical Exercise in Elite E-Sports
Kari, T., & Karhulahti, V.-M. (2016). Do E-Athletes Move? : A Study on Training and Physical Exercise in Elite E-Sports. International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 8 (4), 53-66. doi:10.4018/IJGCMS.2016100104
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This article offers possibly the first peer-reviewed study on the training routines of elite eathletes, with special focus on the subjects’ physical exercise routines. The study is based on a sample of 115 elite e-athletes. According to their responses, e-athletes train approximately 5.28 hours every day around the year on the elite level. Approximately 1.08 hours of that training is physical exercise. More than half (55.6%) of the elite e-athletes believe that integrating physical exercise in their training programs has a positive effect on esport performance; however, no less than 47.0% of the elite e-athletes do their physical exercise chiefly to maintain overall health. Accordingly, the study indicates that elite e-athletes are active athletes as well, those of age 18 and older exercising physically more than three times the daily 21-minute activity recommendation given by World Health Organization.