The Effects of Esports Experience on Hand Function, Strength, Coordination and Pain in Elite League of Legend Players

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Esports, Gaming, hand, pain, coordination, function


Introduction: Esports, also called electronic sports, refers to organized multiplayer video game competitions where players or teams compete against each other. With the increasing popularity of e-sports, the fact that these sports involve sitting for long periods of time indicates that they can cause physical problems and may occur in that region as they frequently used the hand region.

Objective: This study aims to assess the relationship between e-sports experience and hand function, strength, coordination and pain in professional e-sports athletes.

Method: Twenty professional esports players (mean age; 18.50±1.90 years) participated voluntarily. Hand grip strength with a Jamar hand dynamometer, hand function disability and symptoms with the Disability of Arm Shoulder and Hand Questionnaire (DASH) and Participants' pain levels with the Visual Analog Scale, hand coordination with The Purdue Pegboard Test were measured.

Results: The results revealed a significant moderate correlation (r=0.443; p<0.05) between the duration of e-sports experience and DASH scores, indicating potential hand function issues. Furthermore, a significant difference in DASH scores was observed based on the duration of e-sports experience (t=-2.203, p=0.041). Additionally, A positive, statistically significant relationship was demonstrated between daily e-sports time in hours and VAS (r=0.472; p=0.035). There was a statistically significant difference regarding dominant hand measurement according to e-sports experience years between the groups (t=-2.101; p=0.049).

Conclusion: These insights are of great importance for a deeper understanding of hand related parameters in e-sports athletes and contribute to the development of effective strategies and interventions for injury prevention and health promotion in this field.


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Uluağaç, K., Yeral, A., & Çil, E. T. (2023). The Effects of Esports Experience on Hand Function, Strength, Coordination and Pain in Elite League of Legend Players : Research Article. Acta Medica Ruha, 1(3), 304–315.



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