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Foundations 1 – The Basics of Esports Medicine and Performance

Categories: EHPI Certification
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This course is designed for individuals interested in learning about the rapidly-growing esports and video gaming industries, as well as the roles available for medical and performance science in this field.

Course Overview

Part 1 – Understanding the Performance & Health Landscape in Esports

Module 1: Overview of the Current State of Health and Performance

Module 2: Esport Athlete Culture

Module 3: Role of Health Professionals in Esports 

Module 4: Understanding Esports Titles

Module 5: Current Issues in Esports Medicine and Performance

Part 2 – Principles of Posture & Ergonomics In Gaming and Esports

Module 1: Posture and Ergonomics Basics for Esports: PC

Module 2: Esports Postural Ergonomics Assessment Tool / Outcome Measure (Downloadable PDF)

Module 3: Common Postural Faults in Gaming

Module 4: How to Teach Posture to Gamers

Part 3 – Esports Technique – How Mechanical Skills Affect Musculoskeletal Health in Gaming

Module 1: Relevant Anatomy as it Relates to Mechanical Skill in Gaming

Module 2: Gaming Input Devices (Peripherals) 

Module 3: Mechanical Skill and Game Sense in Esports

Module 4: Esports Physical Load Analysis 

Addendum 1 – Foundations of Esports Nutrition

Casey Thomas RD: Relevant Overview of Macro/Micronutrients and Supplements as it Relates to Esports

What is Esports Medicine?

Esports medicine is a relatively new field of medicine that focuses on the health and well-being of professional esports athletes. Esports athletes, also known as pro gamers, compete in video game tournaments for prize money, and they often train and compete for long hours in front of a computer screen. Esports medicine involves a multidisciplinary approach that combines aspects of sports medicine, rehabilitation, and psychology to help esports athletes prevent and treat injuries, optimize performance, and maintain their physical and mental health. Esports medicine professionals may include physicians, physical therapists, sports psychologists, nutritionists, and exercise physiologists, among others. They work together to assess and manage the unique health challenges faced by esports athletes, which can include issues such as musculoskeletal injuries, vision problems, sleep disturbances, and mental health concerns. The goal of esports medicine is to help esports athletes achieve peak performance while maintaining their health and well-being, and to provide them with the tools they need to succeed both in and outside of competition.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Identify current opportunities and barriers for medical and performance science professionals in this field
  • Explain the impact of different types of peripheral devices and game mechanics on biomechanics
  • Principles of posture and ergonomics
  • Esports technique
  • Understanding the performance and health landscape in esports
  • Describe the current state of health and performance infrastructure in esports
  • Demonstrate the appropriate techniques for in-person and remote posture and ergonomic assessment

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Andrew Nolette
3 weeks ago
An excellent introduction to fundamental Esports healthcare!
Dr. Jennifer Thai


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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.