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Mini Review ARTICLE

Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00138

Let the Body'n'Brain Games Begin: Towards Innovative Training Approaches in eSports Athletes Provisionally accepted The final, formatted version of the article will be published soon. Notify me

  • 1Department of Design, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
  • 2Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The phenomenon of eSports is omnipresent today. International championships and their competitive athletes thrill millions of spectators who watch eSports athletes and their teams try to improve and outperform each other. In order to achieve the necessary cognitive and physical top form and to counteract general health problems caused by several hours of training in front of the PC or console, eSports athletes need optimal cognitive, physical and mental training. However, a gap exists in eSports specific health management, including prevention of health issues and training of these functions. To contribute to this topic, we present in this mini review possible avenues for holistic training approaches for cognitively, physically and mentally fitter and more powerful eSports athletes based on interdisciplinary findings. Furthermore, we discuss exergames as a motivating and promising complementary training approach for eSports athletes, which simultaneously combines physical and cognitive stimulation and challenges in an attractive gaming environment. Exergames have the high potential to penetrate new applications and thus influence the growing eSports research and development community.

Keywords: eSports, exergaming, effectiveness, attractiveness, Cognition, physical activity, performance, Health

Received: 18 Aug 2019; Accepted: 20 Jan 2020.

Copyright: © 2020 Martin-Niedecken and Schättin. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence:
Mrs. Anna L. Martin-Niedecken, Department of Design, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland, anna.martin@zhdk.ch
Dr. Alexandra Schättin, Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, schaetta@ethz.ch