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The Association between Esports Participation, Health and Physical Activity Behaviour

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Faculty of Health, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Health Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4059, Australia
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Department of Psychology, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7329; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197329
Received: 4 August 2020 / Revised: 25 September 2020 / Accepted: 1 October 2020 / Published: 8 October 2020
We investigated the association between obesity, self-reported physical activity, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and perceived health in esports players, and the influence of player in-game rank. Data was collected with an online survey with an international participant sample of esports players representing five esports and all skill levels (n = 1772). Esports players were more likely to be categorized as normal weight, or obesity class 2 and 3 and as non-smokers (92%) and non-drinkers (65.1%) compared to international reference data. Esports players met international physical activity guidelines less than global general population. Esports players ranked in the top 10% were more physically active compared to the remaining esports players. As esports player in-game rank increased, so did the amount of time spent playing esports. Although esports players appear generally healthy, a small group was significantly obese and most esports players did not meet physical activity guidelines, indicating potential future health risks. View Full-Text
Keywords: BMI; exercise; video gaming; alcohol use; smoking behaviour BMI; exercise; video gaming; alcohol use; smoking behaviour
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Trotter, M.G.; Coulter, T.J.; Davis, P.A.; Poulus, D.R.; Polman, R. The Association between Esports Participation, Health and Physical Activity Behaviour. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7329. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197329

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Trotter MG, Coulter TJ, Davis PA, Poulus DR, Polman R. The Association between Esports Participation, Health and Physical Activity Behaviour. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7329. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197329

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Trotter, Michael G., Tristan J. Coulter, Paul A. Davis, Dylan R. Poulus, and Remco Polman. 2020. "The Association between Esports Participation, Health and Physical Activity Behaviour" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 19: 7329. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197329

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