eSport is not a sport - is it?
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© Sebastian Bahr
Prof. Dr. Ingo Froböse heads the Institute for Exercise Therapy and Movement-Oriented Prevention and Rehabilitation at the German Sports School Cologne. The sports scientist and his team have dedicated themselves to the topic of eSport for six years (www.esportwissen.de)
"I am a great friend of eSports as a sport. Why? It has many facets of sport. Up to 300, albeit small, movements and up to 180 heartbeats per minute, plus the cortisol level of a racing driver - that's real sport. I have tactical aspects, social, i.e. interactive skills, I have to coordinate, react quickly, learn to play games - all this is sport for me".
Froböses Institut has just published the eSport Study 2020 on the topic of health and recreation of gamers. The study with 1,200 eSportsmen of all levels shows that gamers are physically much more active than the average German citizen. On average, those surveyed spend more than eight hours a week exercising. Almost half of the Germans do not manage the exercise recommendation of the World Health Organization. And it is only two and a half hours per week ...