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A Parallel Approach to Esports Performance Coaching and Esport Psychology Work in Esports Teams

There is currently a significant degree of debate regarding the appropriate role and scope of various medical and performance science providers within an esports organization. Clear differentiation of responsibilities is key for organizations, as is a solid understanding of legal and ethical standards for providers. 

One of the most commonly misinterpreted roles in esports is that of “esports performance coaching”. Both the term and the role are often ill-defined, which leads to confusion about appropriate scope of practice, who can and should refer to whom, and what kind of professional you need to fill the role.

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The Structure of Performance and Training in Esports

The paper presents a comprehensive overview of the current state of research in the field of performance and training in esports. The authors aim to address the gap in scientific research in the area of skill and performance improvement in esports by conducting an empirical study. The theory of performance structure in esports combines insights from both game and sport science to propose a unified framework for esports.

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The Effects of Energy Drink Consumption on Cognitive and Physical Performance in Elite League of Legends Players – Esports Nutrition

League of Legends (LoL) is one of the most popular video games, with 100 million monthly active players. The game requires mental functioning and cognitive abilities for success, and mental fatigue is a potential factor in performance. Some players turn to cognitive-enhancing drugs to gain an edge, and energy drinks are popular due to claims of reducing mental fatigue and improving performance through esports nutrition. 

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Arousal/Stress Effects of “Overwatch” Esports Game Competition in Collegiate Gamers

What’s the difference between a Silver and Diamond Player? The answer can be found in your testosterone levels before your gameplay. A study conducted by Kraemer and colleagues (2022) found that those in the high skill teams had a change in testosterone before their game play, whereas those in the low skill group had a

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Esports Mental Performance: Top Players in League of Legends Have Better Esports Executive Control

In gaming, cognitive skills are of utmost importance for top-tier esports mental performance. These skills are like many other game skills, in the sense that they can be practiced and improved upon. Researchers have theorized that gamers might in fact demonstrate better cognitive performance in certain areas due to training and practice. Previous studies have

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Esports Medicine – Gaming Posture Biofeedback Increases Cognitive Load

In the field of esports medicine, gaming posture is a hot topic for esports performance benefits or detriments. The objective of this study was to investigate the cognitive load of posture management through a biofeedback (BF). Researchers had several hypotheses: A population of 42 University students was selected after checking for exclusion criteria like pain

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Comparison of Traditional Sports and Esports Consumption Motives

In addition to the unique considerations of esports medicine and esports performance, esports media consumption exhibits its own distinct patterns

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It’s Not Just a Game: Virtual Edgework and Subjective Well-Being in Esports

The authors investigate subjective well-being in e-sports (competitive video games). They adopt the theoretical lenses of virtual edgework theory, a recent adaptation of edgework theory from physical to digital contexts. Sports have long been used as a tool to improve subjective well-being. The research question is whether e-sports lead to well-being, as their physical sport counterparts do, and through what psychological mechanisms. The authors answer through a conceptual model of moderated mediation tested on hundreds of e-sports players. They also address the role of privacy concerns, as e-sports pose several potential threats to players’ privacy that could hinder players’ achievement of well-being. Findings suggest that virtual edgework provides a useful theoretical perspective for understanding consumers’ behavior in digital environments. They also show that e-sports can lead to well-being by achieving feelings of self-enhancement under the positive moderation of perceived control over the digital environment and the negative moderation of privacy concerns.

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Brains in Sync: Esports Team Coordination and Interpersonal Prefrontal Neural Synchrony

In order to better understand the demands of esports athletes and advance the field of esports performance and esports medicine, it is important to make use of available technologies for assessing cognitive function. Neuroimaging is one such technology that can enable us to better understand the role of cognition in esports team performance. 

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