Do e-athletes move? : a study on training and physical exercise in elite e-sports / Tuomas Kari and Veli-Matti Karhulahti

Kari, Tuomas | Karhulahti, Veli-Matti

This article offers possibly the first peer-reviewed study on the training routines of elite e-athletes with special focus on the subjects’ physical exercise routines. The study is based on a sample of 115 elite e-athletes. According to the 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-ath¬letes 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.

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