High performing esports specialists may require the exact same psychological stamina it requires a top Olympian, according to latest QUT research.

A brand-new research study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, showed an overlap between the psychological strength and stress-coping procedures in standard sports and competitive esports professional athletes.

QUT esports researcher Dylan Poulus said 316 esports gamers aged 18 and over were studied from amongst the top 40 per cent of gamers.

” A disposition thought about to be prominent in sporting success is psychological durability and it appears to be important for success in esports,” Mr Poulus said.

” To be a millionaire esports player you deal with tension comparable as if you are preparing to go to the Olympics.

” It is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet, and with the coronavirus pandemic there has actually been huge interest.”

The research study utilized athletes who played Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six: Siege, Defence of the Ancients 2 and League of Legends competitively.

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Mr Poulus stated the study determined a few of the psychological skills needed for optimum performance among gamers, including high levels of mental durability, psychological control, and life control.

” Similar to traditional sports professional athletes, esports professional athletes with higher mental toughness employed more problem-focused coping methods which helped in their success,” he said.

However, the findings also showed how esports professional athletes with high mental toughness employed emotion-focused coping methods like approval coping.

” By accepting the components of their game that are beyond their control could lead to much better efficiency,” Mr Poulus said.

” Everything we see in sports psychology interventions that work with conventional sports is likely going to work with esports athletes.”

Mr Poulus is finishing his PhD at QUT’s Professors of Health school of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

The research, titled Stress and Coping in Esports and the Impact of Psychological Durability, was co-authored by Michael Trotter, Dr Tristan Coulter and Professor Remco Polman.

This research study was one of the very first studies to investigate mental toughness and tension and coping in carrying out esports athletes.

Additional research is investigating what specifically triggers stress to high performing esports professional athletes.

QUT was home to Australia’s first official university-endorsed esports program, with five $10,000 scholarships and the very first devoted on-campus video gaming arena.