Study Finds Elite Gamers Share Mental Toughness With Olympic Athletes

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Queensland University of Technology esports scientist Dylan Poulus stated 316 esports gamers aged 18 and over were studied from amongst the top 40 percent of gamers. Credit: QUT Media

High carrying out esports specialists might need the exact same psychological endurance it requires a top Olympian, according to QUT research study.

A brand-new research study, released in Frontiers in Psychology, suggested an overlap in between the psychological durability and stress-coping procedures in conventional sports and competitive esports professional athletes.

  • Competitive esports professional athletes appear to deal with stress factors likewise to high-performing sports professional athletes
  • esports gamers with greater ranks tended to have greater levels of psychological durability
  • sports psychology interventions for high-performing sports professional athletes might likewise be helpful to competitive esports professional athletes.

Queensland University of Technology esports scientist Dylan Poulus stated 316 esports gamers aged 18 and over were studied from amongst the top 40 percent of gamers.

“A disposition considered to be influential in sporting success is mental toughness and it appears to be important for success in esports,” Mr. Poulus stated.

“To be a millionaire esports gamer you deal with stress similar as if you are getting ready to go to the Olympics. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and with the coronavirus pandemic there has been huge interest.”

The research study utilized professional athletes who played Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six: Siege, Defense of the Ancients 2, and League of Legends competitively. Events can draw more than 60 million online views.

Mr. Poulus stated the research study recognized a few of the psychological abilities needed for optimum efficiency amongst players, consisting of high levels of psychological durability, psychological control, and life control.

“Similar to traditional sports athletes, esports athletes with higher mental toughness employed more problem-focused coping strategies which aided in their success,” he stated.

However, the findings likewise demonstrated how esports professional athletes with high psychological durability utilized emotion-focused coping methods like approval coping.

“By accepting the elements of their game that are beyond their control could lead to better performance,” Mr. Poulus stated. “Everything we see in sports psychology interventions that work with traditional sports is likely going to work with esports athletes.”

Mr. Poulus is finishing his PhD at QUT’s Faculty of Health school of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

The research study, entitled Stress and Coping in Esports and the Influence of Mental Toughness, was co-authored by Michael Trotter, Dr Tristan Coulter and Professor Remco Polman.

It’s among the very first research studies to examine psychological durability and tension and coping in carrying out esports professional athletes.

Further research study is examining what particularly triggers tension to high carrying out esports professional athletes.

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Reference: “Stress and Coping in Esports and the Influence of Mental Toughness” by Dylan Poulus, Tristan J. Coulter, Michael G. Trotter and Remco Polman, 23 April 2020, Frontiers in Psychology.
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00628

QUT was house to Australia’s very first main university-endorsed esports program, with 5 $10,000 scholarships and the very first devoted on-campus video gaming arena.

QUT’s Tigers esports group, that includes 6 scholarship holders, won the Oceanic Challenger Series beating the University of Auckland on May 23.



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