Results and training recommendations for eAthletes (Video)

With Germany’s first eSport performance test, we have measured eSport-professionals, eSport-amateurs and sportsmen in selected skills relevant for eSport. In approximately 200 hours of testing, about 3000 datafiles were collected. Exciting results can be observed in the group comparisons. Based on these results, we will give initial training recommendations.

Overview over the first results

While the groups have a similarly good reaction times, the other categories show greater differences. For example, the sportsmen show a calmer hand in fine motor skills. In the terms of the perception and attention, all three groups achieved very good results, with the professional eSport players performing significantly better in the first round. In the endurance and fitness tests, the sportsmen performed significantly better, while the eSport players performance was average. The gaze behaviour of the eSport players was also examined with the help of an eye tracking system. Despite the lack of significance, the glances of the eSport professionals tended to jump more often and they therefore had a shorter fixation duration compared to the amateurs. Thus, they seem to be able to keep in view the entire play happening in shorter time.

You can find out more about the results of the test battery in the video:

First results of the test battery

Training recommendations for performance and health optimisation

In eSport, it’s all about the ingame performance of the players, which is quite logical in this digital sport. However, this performance can also be improved detached from the PC and console with the help of physical and mental training. This improves concentration and attention, especially with regard to the endurancing requirements of these abilities. This can be a crucial factor in very long tournaments and can be the decisive factor between victory and defeat.

In addition, sudden pain caused by long-time applied load can lead to a loss of focus and ingame performance. To prevent this pain in the first place, strengthening exercises of the holding and supporting muscles are particularly suitable at this point. This ensures that the eSport players can also play painlessly in the long term and that they do not have to end their career early due to injuries.

You can find more training recommendations for eSport players in our video:

Training recommendations