Fitness and activity are critical in competitive video gaming, or esports. Three of Atlanta’s leading health experts will share esports player fitness tips during the Southeast’s largest intercollegiate esports tournament April 6 in Atlanta at Georgia State University’s Sports Arena.
Dr. Matt Lopez, a sports physical therapist; and Brian Finn, lead Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for Northside Hospital Sports Medicine Network; will serve on the panel with Lauren Cicinelli, licensed dietician and nutrition expert.
Andrew Greenberg, commissioner of the Georgia Esports League and executive director of the Georgia Game Developers Association, organized the panel for players to learn how to prepare themselves for competition by staying in shape.
“Esports don’t give you concussions, but players have their fitness challenges,” he said. “You can’t compete for four or more hours unless you are in shape, and injuries can derail your career in an instant.”
The Georgia Esports League is hosting the esports fitness panel “Your Esports Fitness Regimen” to support gamers and their needs as 11 colleges and universities from across the Southeast region compete in the PantherLAN. The panel is one of five free panels GEL is organizing that day to help anyone involved with esports improve their game.
Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Jacksonville State University, Lee University, Oglethorpe University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of North Georgia, University of Tennessee at Martin and University of West Georgia all have fielded teams, demonstrating the rapid growth of esports across the region.
Doors open at 9 a.m., with game play starting at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will also be streamed through https://www.twitch.tv/georgiastateu and https://www.twitch.tv/georgiagamedevs. The GSU Sports Arena is at 125 Decatur St., S.E., in Atlanta.