Athletic Training in Esports

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Athletic training in esports is an exciting new setting that can bring great value to a scholastic esports program. This article discusses the relationship certified athletic trainers working in the scholastic setting can have with their school’s esports program, with in-depth discussion on the structure of scholastic esports and how to pitch an outreach program.


Dr. Elliot Smithson

Physical Therapist / Athletic Trainer

Dr. Elliot Smithson PT, DPT, MS, ATC, EMT received his undergraduate degree from University of Central Florida in Athletic Training, his Masters from Marshall University in Athletic Training, and his doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He has been working in sports and entertainment medicine since 2013 (Walt Disney World) and Division 1 level (UCF, Marshall University), and transitioned into esports medicine in 2019. He has worked with professional esports teams such as 100 Thieves, NRG, and Immortals. He is passionate about advancing the line of knowledge in the esports industry and cultivating the next generation of professionals.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Athletic Training in Esports
  • The Rise of Scholastic Esports
  • Athletic Training Skill Set
  • Athletic Training Skill Set in Context of Esports
  • The Structure of Scholastic Esports
  • Bridging the Gap: How to Pitch Your Esports Athletic Director
  • Conclusion
  • Quiz


In recent years, the rise of esports has captivated students and educators alike, leading many schools to establish competitive gaming programs. Esports offers a unique opportunity for students to showcase their skills and foster teamwork while engaging in a rapidly growing industry. To ensure the holistic well-being of esports athletes, it is crucial to integrate the expertise of athletic trainers. By bridging the gap between physical health and virtual competition, athletic trainers can play a vital role in supporting the overall health and performance of esports athletes.

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The largest collection of gaming-specific health, fitness, and performance information on the internet, brought to you by the experts currently working in the industry with top-tier esport organizations.

Organizations that have benefited from the expertise of our authors include Cloud 9, Team Liquid, 100 Thieves, FNATIC, G2, TSM, and more.