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Submission + - What gamers have in common with top athletes (pcpro.co.uk)

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.
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