How to avoid being sidelined due to esports Injuries

How to avoid being sidelined due to esports Injuries

In the last few years, the popularity of Esports has risen and gained a lot of momentum. From being just a hobby or past time for kids, it has now become a full blown and fully functional industry at the professional level. Similar to the great athletes of the NBA, MLB and NFL, consistent practice and participation in competitions will help the players make their mark in the competition and can reduce the amount of time required to be spent on performing in the sport.

As esports take the world by storm, common esport injuries are surfacing and they can be seen in the wrist, neck and lower back. All these injuries are considered to be overuse injuries and they are typical of what a person would experience if they work any type of job and stay in one position for a number of hours at a time for extended lengths of time, day after day. A typical professional gamer generally plays for a minimum of 10-12 hours per day, that too with limited breaks during playing sessions. This begins to take its toll on the body when you compound it by weeks, months and years of gaming. Pain of any kind is likely to cause issues with regards to athletic performance. When it comes to pain with gaming athletes, this can be quite crucial because the pain is likely to be in such an area of the body that needs to be used when playing. Wrist pain in a gamer can severely affect the number of hours that a player is able to spend competing and practicing, which will result not only in a loss of the competition but can hugely impact the player's or team's financial winnings as well.

To continue playing despite the pain is not a good solution either. There's a strong sign that the problem has been developing for quite some time when an esports player’s injury finally becomes strong enough to be noticed.

Esport injury symptoms that you should give attention to include the following: 

•         Pain in the wrist – the player should take note if he/she experiences numbness or tingling in their fingertips or hand. If the player feels that there is weakness in grip strength or general discomfort then it is time to consult a specialist.

•         Pain in the lower back – If the player feels tingling or numbness in the feet, legs or buttocks or if he/she experiences general back pain that tends to increase after sitting for long periods, then these symptoms should not be ignored.

•         Pain in the upper back – If the player experiences tightness and general aching near or in the shoulders or at the base of the neck then it is important to seek medical help.

Solutions to esports injury include noticing fatigue that alters your posture while playing and taking note of any discomfort that surfaces while playing. It is advised that players should take breaks while playing and they should perform stretches just as if they are an athlete performing on a court or on a field. For any professional Esport athlete a proper stretching routine is mandatory.