CALL FOR PROPOSALS
While esports has entered a phase of popularization and professionalization since the beginning of 2010 (Taylor, 2012), the question of its sustainability is becoming a major challenge in terms of games longevity and governance (Peng et al., 2020), teams and league organizers business models (Scholz, 2019), or players’ careers (Meng-Lewis et al., 2020).
In this respect, esports news constantly reminds us that these careers can end abruptly or at least be put on hold due to health problems, be they physical, mental and emotional, or social.
Whether to ensure their well-being or optimize their performance, prevention of player’s health is taking an increasingly decisive place in the esports ecosystem, as evidenced by the multiplication of health-management staff in teams (physiotherapists, mental trainers, dieticians, etc.).
Research on esports is nowadays abundant (Reitman et al., 2020) but the theme of health is still in its infancy and deserves the full attention of researchers (Wattanapisit et al., 2020; Yin et al., 2020) and the esports industry (Miah, 2020). Studies are still relatively few in number, although they have been increasing since 2019. However, recent publications suggest trends in the most frequently addressed topics such as physical (in)activity (Kari et al., 2019; Pereira et al., 2019; Di Francisco-Donoghue et al., 2020; Rudolf et al., 2020; Trotter et al., 2020), musculoskeletal disorders (Zwibel et al., 2019; Lindberg et al., 2020) and physical injuries in general (Di Francisco-Donoghue et al. 2019; Bahrilli et al., 2020) or sleep (Bonnar et al., 2019; Lee et al., 2020), while other topics would benefit from further study (e.g. burnout, eating disorders, circadian rhythms, cognitive doping, etc.).
The main aim of parallel sessions is therefore to encourage participants from across fields to share knowledge, provide new insights and disseminate their most recent results about health and esports. The objective of the event is also to offer a platform to create inter- and cross-disciplinary collaborations while fostering contacts and bridges between the academic world and the esports industry.
1. PHYSICAL HEALTH
Physical injuries are certainly the most visible elements of health problems experienced by intensive players. Historically, these are certainly the disorders that have received the most media attention. All presentations on the following topics will be appreciated :
2. MENTAL HEALTH
More recently, concerns related to the mental health of elite players have been mainly revealed through burnout testimonials. As cognitive performance is essential in esports, all presentations on the following topics will be appreciated :
3. SOCIAL HEALTH
Finally, often neglected, social and cultural aspects certainly play a key role in a holistic analysis of player health and well-being. The nascent organization of the ecosystem coupled with the increasingly economic stakes, certainly puts a considerable burden on the shoulders of players who are sometimes very young and still in development. All presentations on the following topics will be appreciated :
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Bonnar, D., Lee, S., Gradisar, M., & Suh, S. (2019). Risk Factors and sleep intervention considerations in Esports: a review and practical guide. Sleep Medicine Research, 10(2), 59-66.
Di Francisco-Donoghue, J., Balentine, J., Schmidt, G., & Zwibel, H. (2019). Managing the health of the eSport athlete: an integrated health management model. BMJ open sport & exercise medicine, 5(1), e000467.
Di Francisco-Donoghue, J., Werner, W. G., Douris, P. C., & Zwibel, H. (2020). Esports players, got muscle? Competitive video game players’ physical activity, body fat, bone mineral content, and muscle mass in comparison to matched controls. Journal of Sport and Health Science.
Kari, T., Siutila, M., & Karhulahti, V.-M. (2019). An Extended Study on Training and Physical Exercise in Esports. In B. R. Dubbels (Ed.), Exploring the Cognitive, Social, Cultural, and Psychological Aspects of Gaming and Simulations (pp. 270-292). IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1- 5225-7461-3.ch010
Lee, S., Bonnar, D., Kim, Y., Lee, Y., Lee, S., Gradisar, M., & Suh, S. (2020). Sleep Characteristics and Risk Factors of Korean Esports Athletes: An Exploratory Study. Sleep Medicine Research, 11(2), 77-87.
Lindberg, L., Nielsen, S. B., Damgaard, M., Sloth, O. R., Rathleff, M. S., & Straszek, C. L. (2020). Musculoskeletal pain is common in competitive gaming: a cross-sectional study among Danish esports athletes. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 6(1), 000799.
Meng-Lewis, Y., Wong, D., Zhao, Y., & Lewis, G. (2020). Understanding complexity and dynamics in the career development of eSports athletes. Sport Management Review.
Miah, A. (2020). How do esports companies support their community’s wellness? International Journal of Esports, 1(1).
Peng, Q., Dickson, G., Scelles, N., Grix, J., & Brannagan, P. M. (2020). Esports governance: exploring stakeholder dynamics. Sustainability, 12(19), 8270.
Pereira, A. M., Brito, J., Figueiredo, P., & Verhagen, E. (2019). Virtual sports deserve real sports medical attention. BMJ open sport & exercise medicine, 5(1).
Reitman, J. G., Anderson-Coto, M. J., Wu, M., Lee, J. S., & Steinkuehler, C. (2020). Esports research: A literature review. Games and Culture, 15(1), 32-50.
Rudolf, K., Bickmann, P., Froböse, I., Tholl, C., Wechsler, K., & Grieben, C. (2020). Demographics and health behavior of video game and eSports players in germany: the esports study 2019. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(6), 1870.
Scholz, T. M. (2019). eSports is Business. Springer International Publishing.
Taylor, T. L. (2012). Raising the stakes: E-sports and the professionalization of computer gaming. Mit Press.
Trotter, M. G., Coulter, T. J., Davis, P. A., Poulus, D. R., & Polman, R. (2020). The association between esports participation, health and physical activity behaviour. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19), 7329.
Wattanapisit, A., Wattanapisit, S., & Wongsiri, S. (2020). Public health perspectives on eSports. Public Health Reports, 135(3), 295-298.
Yin, K., Zi, Y., Zhuang, W., Gao, Y., Tong, Y., Song, L., & Liu, Y. (2020). Linking Esports to health risks and benefits: Current knowledge and future research needs. Journal of sport and health science, 9(6), 485.
Zwibel, H., DiFrancisco-Donoghue, J., DeFeo, A., & Yao, S. (2019). An osteopathic physician’s approach to the esports athlete. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 119(11), 756-762.
Submission deadline is 1st June 2021 (11:59 pm AoE). Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Please see key dates related to the submission, review, registration and programming process. Abstract submissions should be made through the EasyChair system.
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