Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Submission + - What gamers have in common with top athletes (

nk497 writes: It's no surprise that professional gamers aren't quite as fit as elite athletes, but they do have something in common. According to a British academic, top-level players show similar psychological attributes as top athletes, such as the ability to manage anxiety, and have reaction times on par with fighter pilots. Dr Micklewright said: "When I first got asked to do [the study], my initial reaction was 'don't be ridiculous, gaming is nothing like sport'," he said. "But the more I thought about it, the more similarities [became clear], and I became more and more convinced that it was close in many ways to sport." While sitting in front of a screen might not have the same physical demands as running a marathon, neither do playing snooker or darts. Still, while gamers show good reflexes, their health was even worse than expected, with one 20-something professional player showing the same aerobic health as a 60-year-old smoker.
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

What gamers have in common with top athletes

Comments Filter:

UNIX enhancements aren't.