Do E-Athletes Move?: A Study on Training and Physical Exercise in Elite E-Sports

Do E-Athletes Move?: A Study on Training and Physical Exercise in Elite E-Sports

Tuomas Kari (Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland) and Veli-Matti Karhulahti (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/IJGCMS.2016100104
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Abstract

This article offers possibly the first peer-reviewed study on the training routines of elite e-athletes with special focus on the subjects' physical exercise routines. The study is based on a sample of 115 elite e-athletes. According to the responses, e-athletes train approximately 5.28 hours every day around the year on the elite level. Approximately 1.08 hours of that training is physical exercise. More than half (55.6%) of the elite e-athletes believe that integrating physical exercise in their training programs has a positive effect on esport performance; however, no less than 47.0% of the elite e-athletes do their physical exercise chiefly to maintain overall health. Accordingly, the study indicates that elite e-athletes are active athletes as well, those of age 18 and older exercising physically more than three times the daily 21-minute activity recommendation given by World Health Organization.
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Methodology

The results of the study lean on a quantitative data set that we gathered with an online survey between September 2015 and June 2016. The survey was created with the LimeSurvey 2.05+ software. We pre-tested it quantitatively with ten and qualitatively with four scholars from the fields of play research, videogame research, information systems research, and sports research. Based on the received feedback we made small adjustments before the launch.

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