Health & Wellness

OmniPerformance understands that when you are feeling at your best, you will perform at your best. When it comes to health, it is important to take care of both the physical and mental aspects. With this in mind, we aim to help develop skills to maintain both a healthy body and mind to enable people to get the most out of their games. What separates us from the rest is that we not only help with the in-game aspects of improving, not we also help players to improve out of game as well so that they can live more balanced lives in order to reach their full potential!

Physical Health

Though we acknowledge that the world of gaming and esports is different than its traditional sports predecessor, takeaways will be drawn from our experience in both playing and coaching in traditional sports, key periods in our lives that have helped mold us into the individuals we are today. OP Gaming Training Facility emphasizes the importance of the health and wellness of clients in achieving the goals for both in-house and online training. Our goal will be to educate all individuals on the importance of game breaks, stretching, physical training, nutrition, and proper sleeping schedule. Using these tools we want to break away from the stereotypes that gaming has created such as poor nutrition, increased stress, depression, lack of interest in physical activity, reduced familial engagement, isolationism, and sedentary behaviors. 

When a healthy, safe, and efficient gaming culture is promoted, clients will engage in the opportunity to learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically, build strong relationships with people from varying backgrounds who share a common passion, and develop valuable skills to be successful in and out of the game. 

As esports is still in its early stages of development, injuries in gaming is still a nuanced subject. Though the stereotypical  gamer carpal tunnel diagnosis is actually very rare, injuries relating to the wrist and spine are quite prevalent in gaming. Preventative measures are nearly always more effective than treatment after the injury has developed so we provide our clients with information on things such as stretches, proper posture, and simple exercises to avoid having these injuries slow down your ability to improve and enjoy your game! Though preventative measures are the preferred situation, we understand that many gamers may already experience pain or discomfort from unhealthy habits while gaming. With this in mind, we will also offer guidance in correcting these habits in order to reduce the pain and get you back in top form so you can focus on doing what you love!

Purchasing one of our coaching plans comes with a health and wellness handout, providing a basic overview of what aspects outside of the game can help improve performance in-game and steps one can work towards improving in these areas.

Mental Health

OP Gaming understands that there are additional factors involved outside of the game when trying to improve performance. Coaches will also emphasize the intangibles that come with being successful in gaming. Clients will be taught the importance of a training routine, as seen in traditional sports, and sticking to that regimen to optimize the efficiency of training in order to yield the most successful results. This enables clients to gain more takeaways from their games, than if one were to carelessly grind from game to game without proper reflection. As is the case in traditional sports, preventative measures are more optimal to reactive ones when it comes to negative impacts on one’s training such as fatigue, both mentally and physically. OP Gaming will teach our clients about the importance of prevalent concepts in gaming such as “tilt”, toxicity, and burnout, and ways to prevent these from creating a negative impact. At OP Gaming, we want to be mindful of all facets of training in gaming in order to ensure the success and growth of our clients.

As gamers ourselves, we understand just how crucial mental components in video games are such as burnout, tilt, and toxicity. We aim to help our clients identify causes of these problems  and help them to more easily identify them in the moment and find out what’s the best plan of action for each individual to reduce the negative impacts of them. 

If you’d like to learn more about how to better understand and handle these issues, please visit these sources for more information

The Gamers Health Guide

Mental Benefits of Gaming

The Importance of Health & Wellness in gaming

THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM ESPORTS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WITH HKPROPEL ACCESS BY DAVID P. HEDLUND,GIL B. FRIED & RONALD "RICK" SMITH.

By David P. Hedlund, Matthew Williamson, Aaron Colaiacomo, Joanne Donoghue, Courtney James, Taylor Johnson, Ronald Kim, Raffaele Lauretta, John McDermott, Sheng Qiang, and Hallie Zwibel

Health and wellness is now a commonly discussed topic in the gaming and esports industry; its impact on both player and team performance is seen as a key ingredient to success. As professional gaming organizations are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in investments, and the salaries and prize earnings for the players are increasing, the stakes have never been higher. This situation has brought about a shift in how organizations and the players themselves are addressing health and wellness.

When thinking about health and wellness and how it affects performance, a good starting point is understanding the specific demands placed on esports players. A study done by Smith, Birch, and Bright (2019) examined the psychological challenges encountered by elite esports professionals when competing in major contests. They found esports players faced 51 different stress factors, including communication problems and concerns with competing in front of live audiences. Perhaps not surprisingly, these stress factors mirrored the mental conditions experienced by professional athletes in traditional sports such as soccer and rugby. The authors also found that gamers are exposed to substantial stress when they compete in top-flight contests. Isolating these stressors can help players develop effective coping strategies for these stressors and optimize performance while playing at the highest level.

The drive to achieve one’s personal best along with the inherently competitive nature of the industry comes with costs to players’ health and wellness. This result is evident not only in the professional ranks but also at the semiprofessional and collegiate levels. A study by DiFrancisco-Donoghue and colleagues (2019) examined 65 college esports players, showing that the average esports player practices between 5.5 and 10 hours a day prior to competitions. In addition, 15 percent reported three hours or more of sitting and playing without standing to take a break, and 40 percent of the players reported that they do not participate in any kind of physical activity. The largest complaint reported was eye fatigue, followed by back and neck pain, and later followed by wrist and hand pain. The injuries seen in esports athletes are similar to injuries seen in sedentary office personnel. Of the athletes surveyed who suffered from an ailment, only 2 percent sought medical attention (DiFrancisco-Donoghue et al. 2019).

These research studies begin to highlight some key areas to explore that will lend themselves to the broader scope of how to address health and wellness of players. Another area gaining more attention is the mental health and burnout of esports players (Radcliffe 2019). To date, scant research has examined these issues. A further area of need for exploration and research is the potential for esports and gaming to be addictive (Hattenstone 2017).

The current situation presents an opportunity to have an impact on an emerging sport and industry by taking what people know about traditional sports and adapting that knowledge to esports. New areas of research will need to be conducted to continue to explore what is actually happening for esports athletes. It is blending science and esports and creating a new field of esports science and research. Researchers must keep in mind that first and foremost, models of performance should be player centric, meaning that strategies and tactics should be developed based on an individual’s needs. In addition, a responsibility exists to promote positive values and offer the tools and resources to allow each individual to become their best version of themselves. A holistic approach to training is needed—one that encompasses key areas such as a balanced lifestyle, psychology, nutrition, movement, and recovery. This balance not only can have an immediate impact but will also be crucial to long-term development and success.

The future of health and wellness and its impact on performance in gaming and esports has never been more exciting and open for discovery. Those who choose to pursue a career along the lines of esports performance and esports science will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the foundational wellness of an emerging sport and generation. Challenging questions face the esports and video game industry, but further investments in research will 

help shed light on some of the most important health and wellness issues for players, teams, and organizations.