Nowadays the number of colleges and universities that offer teams to play Esports is increasing every year. As a result, many doctors are calling to educational institutions to treat gamers like any other college athletes. Because there is no doubt, that gaming can take a toll inside the players’ body, and they can suffer from injuries.
In a recent report, CBS News spoke with Ryan Harran, and Daniel Singh, two teens who love for video games, brought them to play at a collegiate level at Cy-Bears at the NYT(New York Institute of Technology).
“Some days, I don’t play at all because of school and work, but when I do play, it could be anywhere from three hours to six hours,” Ryan said.
“It is pretty mentally draining; there’s eye strain from just looking so hard,” Daniel said.
Thanks to new research achieved by the British Journal of Medicine to 65 college Esports players, it was revealed the averaged amount of time for daily gaming training. It was reported they train about five to ten hours every day with many of them reporting injuries including a hands, wrist, neck and back pain.
Dr. Hallie Zwibel from NYIT’s Center for Sports Medicine said for CBS news:
“Poor postures can produce exponential forces on your neck, back, shoulder; eye fatigue is the most commonly reported complaint from these pixelated images that you see when you are playing on a computer. They’re making 500 action moves per minute. So there’s a lot of quick thinking, and I think that fatigues the eyes even further. ”
Dr. Zwibel says players also report insomnia due to the blue light from the screens which can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin.
Colleges Esports; in need of a health care plan
Physical pain serves as a natural indicator of how long can the body train in regards to sports. But for Esports, the physical pain has lower stress levels for the body, which will only encourage gamers to train more. Even though sitting in front a computer does not cause the same physical stress than other sports activities like running or Soccer. It can still produce physical damage without proper care.
At the moment, 80 colleges and universities in the U.S. have varsity esports teams. Doctors and researchers have mention schools need to start creating prevention and treatment plans for injuries. Just as in any traditional Esports team, colleges esports teams should be aware of their physical and mental health care needs.
Dr. Zwibel has also stressed that this not only Esports athletes related, but to all gamers in general. Recreational players can suffer esports injuries too, like eye strain, and eye fatigue without the proper care and a little bit of physical activity should not be forged by anyone as well.