The Sad Reality of Injuries in eSports

      The beginning of any discussion of injuries in eSports will always be met by a…. for lack of a better word… jabroni…. saying something like, “Really, they got injured playing video games?”  Which, in some capacity makes sense. Injuries in eSports are almost always chronic as opposed to acute. Gamers aren’t having their careers ended by ruptured Achilles tendons or compound fractures; however, eSports injuries are as real as the twelve hour workdays that spurn them.

Carpal Tunnel

      Perhaps the most realistic injury when it comes to gaming injuries is the dreaded Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic,  The Carpal Tunnel is the passage between the palm side of the wrist and forearm that protects the median nerve. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of pinching that median nerve, which usually isn’t traceable back to one activity in particular, but more likely a combination of risk factors. The main risk factor for Gamers is obviously mouse/controller usage, but can also include any wrist injury that could have potentially narrowed this passage. Hai and Bjergsen are just two of the many pro players to suffer Carpal Tunnel or similar wrist injuries. One of the most recognizable ways to combat the condition is the tape both of these players have been seen wearing  on stage. This tape helps keep the wrist in a more favorable position, and is effective in subverting further wrist damage. Another option is simply stretching and working the wrists in between games. This may seem lame…. Okay this definitely seems lame to most but you know whats really lame? Failing that flash over the wall because of limited wrist mobility.

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Picture credit to Liquid Legends

 

Eye Strain / Headaches / Overall Brain Scrambling

      Every gamer or even avid TV-watcher knows the feeling of needing to look away from the screen for awhile and refocus after putting in some serious work on screen. It’s pretty intuitive as to why this happens, your brain and eyes specifically aren’t really built to deal with the strain LCD/LED lights from a computer screen. There are a couple ways of combating this. First, Gunnar, and likely other companies like them, have begun to produce gaming glasses that are intended to ease the burden put on your eyes in game. They’ve managed to make them look pretty cool in every sense of the word, but for the people who just can’t come around to the idea of wearing computer glasses, other options include regular breaks, and lowering your screen brightness. That being said, don’t be too cool.

Neck, Back, Etc.

      While injuries to the necks and back might seem exclusive to contact sports, they’re surprisingly common among Video Game Players, and actually claimed the career of Jung “Mvp” Jong Hyun, the most decorated Starcraft 2 player of all time. After repeated dealings with neck pain that left his shoulders and arms numb for extended periods of time. These kinds of injuries stem in large part for players often playing with poor posture, or simply not at peak comfort. Many teams sponsor their own gaming chairs, designed to offer comfort and let you show off some team loyalty. To avoid neck and back strain, keep your monitor at eye level, as it will help you improve your posture while at the desk, and make sure to stay hydrated (OK maybe not at the level of an elite athlete but maybe enough to, you know, maintain sustenance and stay alive). Staying hydrated is key, as vertebrae are made almost solely of water.

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Picture credit to: secretbackpaincure.com


Written by 2Piece

Edited by Williaf


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments on “The Sad Reality of Injuries in eSports

  1. Hi,

    this is an incredible piece, I am a sports therapist looking to break into the e-sports scene, I have posted a few times on reddit and messaged a few team but their lack of knowledge on sports injuries means they aren’t able to look for them and notice signs of fatigue or injury.

    You should post this on the specific game subreddits to bring more awareness.

    Kind regards,
    Scott

    1. First of all thank you for the kind words and I wish you the best of luck in breaking into the industry. Any help promoting our site for the greater good is definitely accepted and I’ll take what you’ve said here to heart.

  2. Scott, did you manage to find any hole into the industry? I am a Massage Therapist focusing on the Physiological and Anatomical aspects of the field, and I am also a gamer that follows and loves E sports, and I want to break in as well. I am trained and have focused on shoulder girdle treatments, upper back, and arms. If you have any contacts that you may be able to direct me to, I would greatly appreciate it. I have tried direct contact with several teams, including Cloud9 after Hai’s wrist injury and public statement, to no avail.

    Thank you and best of luck!

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