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The Association between Esports Participation, Health and Physical Activity Behaviour
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. (sport, physical activity, and health psychology research group)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1807-7837
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2020 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 17, no 19, article id 7239Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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MDPI, 2020. Vol. 17, no 19, article id 7239
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BMI, exercise, video gaming, alcohol use, smoking behaviour
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176043DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17197329ISI: 000586689800001PubMedID: 33049914Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85092789837OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-176043DiVA, id: diva2:1477317
Available from: 2020-10-19 Created: 2020-10-19 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved

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