Like traditional athletes, eSports athletes are put under pressure to perform their best during games and competitions. This means they can experience injuries from overusing or straining muscles as they play for extended periods of time. If you’re an avid gamer, consider an eSports physical therapist to help you prevent injuries and assist when injuries do arise.
eSports is a competitive, professional online sport that involves playing video games. This type of gaming can be done in teams or individually and is often done live during eSports competitions. Physical therapy helps these athletes with injuries developed during competitions or gaming in general. The most common eSports injuries occur in the eyes (fatigue), hands, forearms and back. Physical therapy can help get gamers back online quickly and prevent future injuries from occurring.
Any athlete who is competing in or considering competing in eSports can benefit from physical therapy.
eSports athletes usually develop upper-body injuries. The most common areas include arms, hands, back and eyes. Other common injuries can include:
Physical therapy can help prevent injuries before they happen. If you are an athlete within eSports, it is important to keep up with physical therapy before and during an injury. Your physical therapist can help determine if you can continue playing, or if you need to take a break.
Your physical therapist will ask about your history with gaming and how long you have been playing. They may also ask about how you play - how you sit, how close you are to the screen, etc. Once your therapist understands your history, they will move into assisting with exercises or strengthening techniques to keep injuries at bay.
Some exercises or therapies used during treatment can include electrical muscle stimulation, hot and cold therapy and IASTM. All athletes can benefit from a physical therapist even if you do not have an injury.
Banner Physical Therapy understands the pressure eSports athletes have on them. With trained physical therapists here to help, you can count on the experts to get you back into the game.