Esports medicine is not being synthesized from nonexistent dust.
We can, and are, selecting applicable principles from traditional athletics, and utilizing them in the gaming world. Literal billions of dollars are reliant upon baseball, basketball, football, and soccer players performing at their peak, and subsequently entertaining their fans.
Take a look at a general game day routine of a professional hockey player.
Arrive to the rink.
Tape your stick.
Dry land warm ups.
Get a massage.
Meet with medical staff.
Get on the ice and skate.
Run a few light drills.
Get off the ice.
Training room for any additional medical treatment.
Meet with coaches.
On ice warm ups.
Now take a look at the typical morning of a gamer trying to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup. Turn on computer.
Hop into Arena Champion’s League for six hours.
Enter World Cup matchmaking.
Ghost Aydan, arguably the best controller player in the world, is starting to catch on. He jumps into creative before game time and build battle. NickMercs watches east coast qualifiers prior to his own to see if there are any shifts in game play he should adapt due to recent meta changes. However, these two seem to be the exception, rather than the rule.
Gamers are the nerds of the world. As our childhood bullies so frequently pointed out, we do things differently than anyone else (or maybe it was my XL Power Rangers shirt I wore every day to school?).
Why then, do we ignore the carefully crafted training routines of those whose very livelihood relies upon performing at their absolute maximum?
What would happen if Brad Marchand arrived to the rink tomorrow morning, before game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, suited up in full gear, gathered his buddies, and insisted upon scrimmaging for six straight hours?
Do you think he would continue to set scoring records?
If esports is to continue on its exponential, history-creating, trajectory, we have to continue to blaze our own path.
While maintaining our individuality, there are still lessons we can learn from traditional athletics.
Warm up, for Kratos’s sake.
Instead of spending the majority of your time and effort scrimmaging, focus on skill-specific drills. Review film. Consult a healthcare professional. Did we mention warming up?
Don’t train harder.