The esports Industry continues rising in popularity and nutrition and the well being of gamers is a big concern.
Esport athletes should take care of what they eat. It’s recommended that they maintain a strict nutritional ratio in their diet at all times if not, their career in this industry will be very short.
Recently, we discussed this important topic with an expert team specialized in the esport industry, nutrition and exercise physiology. They shared with us their knowledge around this common problem in esports and gave us tips to improve gaming performance.
Josh Otero, CEO and Co-Founder of Nutrigmr says:
The mission for us is to help improve the health and wellness in the esports gaming so whether that's nutrition, mindset, mindfulness, how to sleep, everything we really want to bring a healthier side to esports and gaming."
In terms of thinking skills, professional esports is considered one of the most challenging sports of our time, reaction times and the ability to make fast decisions every single second in concrete game situations are crucial to success. That’s why nutrition is very important to perform better. When athletes feel good physically and that does include diet, exercise, stress reduction, and all those things make a huge impact on their ability to play.
I remember when the NFL just in 2000 started investing in retired NFL players because guess what they were having a lot of diabetic issues they were having heart disease problems. These pro athletes didn't have skills to take care of themselves and now they couldn't even enjoy retirement and these guys were in their 30s and 40s but I could see that happening in the egaming world. - Josh Otero.
Did you know that the majority of gamers in the USA are aged between 18 and 34 in 2020? However, for many athletes, this period of time is getting shorter. This happens because in the early years of this race, players tend to focus on improving their gaming but forget the nutritional part. They tend to eat junk food because they have little free time, their sleep time is also affected and their eating habits are very bad. Your brain, as well as your body, requires proper nutrition to function at peak condition. A good diet is required to fuel both the twitch reflexes and cognitive function to be able to cope with the stress and challenges of each game.
Landon Gorbenko says: “It bothers me that esport athletes are at a point where they have to retire within two to three years. Biologically, psychologically or cognitively there's absolutely no reason that should be happening, so if neither of those things are the reason and what it's environmentally causing players to have to burn out and retire when they're 20, 21.”
Brain burnout is a real problem. When players train excessively they lose enthusiasm, causing them to feel bored about the idea of even playing games in the first place. Gaming fatigue is more than just feeling tired, and it has both a physical and mental-emotional manifestation of the phenomenon of burnout.
To avoid brain burnout it’s important to take breaks during your training, find something you enjoy, and schedule time away from the screen. Most important you need to rest to prevent injuries or alignments from playing.
Dr Drew Schwartz, a chiropractor in Cleveland expressed the importance of being aware of what our body and mind need. “If we’re talking about the physical aspect, we should exercise regularly during breaks and have proper nutrition, we should also have proper hydration and sleep patterns. There's a whole multitude of things that you really need to focus on.”
Education plays a very important role here. Not everything is about good eating habits, it is also about the time we spend training, taking care of ergonomics, sleeping well, staying hydrated. If you are aware of everything you need as an esport athlete, your experience will be more pleasant and lasting.
The balance between performance and wellness with players.
Landon says: “One of the things I do to always make sure that I have the best information, I'm the most effective person that I could possibly be.
I talk to professional or elite level athletes in eSports and learn from their experience because obviously, they've done something right to get to that level, so I was talking with a top-five melee player and I was like how'd you get up here how'd you maintain this for so long tell me your secret.
So that, I can help other people that want to do the same thing and one of the things that he said is like the number one thing that I do is I'm extremely strict about my practising schedule well.
That doesn't mean that I play lost every day. I'm strict that I only play within a five-hour window every day, he's like outside that like I don't play melee I don't play smash I rarely touch video games outside that 5-hour window because I know that if I do that I'm gonna lose motivation, I'm gonna lose passion and I'm not gonna have that same drive to get better and being strict.
With that 5 hour window allows me to really focus on what I need to do. That was a key takeaway I took. I know a lot of players I talked to, they're trying to put in 1011 hours a day and then they messaged me a month later and say why am I no longer motivated to play the game? and it's because they spent too much time playing it essentially, but that's one of my biggest takeaways.” Says Landon.
The awareness of good nutrition and its impact on the psyche and mental performance in eSports is slowly evolving. Essentially, athletes train with the specific intent on becoming better at their game. However, there is a long way to go to be the best. If you want to know more about what experts say check out this video and get helpful tips to improve as an Esport athlete.