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.
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.
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