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Converging evidence supporting the cognitive link between exercise and esport performance: A dual systematic review

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dc.contributor.author Toth, Adam J.
dc.contributor.author Ramsbottom, Niall
dc.contributor.author Kowal, Magdalena
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Mark J.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-20T09:38:19Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-20T09:38:19Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9476
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Research into action video games (AVG) has surged with the popularity of esports over the past three decades. Specifically, evidence is mounting regarding the importance of enhanced cognitive abilities for successful esports performance. However, due to the sedentary nature in which AVGs are played, concerns are growing with the increased engagement young adults have with AVGs. While evidence exists supporting the benefits of exercise for cognition generally in older adult, children and clinical populations, little to no work has synthesized the existing knowledge regarding the effect of exercise specifically on the cognitive abilities required for optimal esports performance in young adults. (2) Method: We conducted a dual-systematic review to identify the cognitive abilities integral to esports performance (Phase 1) and the efficacy of exercise to enhance said cognitive abilities (Phase 2). (3) Results: We demonstrate the importance of four specific cognitive abilities for AVG play (attention, task-switching, information processing, and memory abilities) and the effect that different types and durations of physical exercise has on each. (4) Conclusion: Together, these results highlight the role that exercise can have on not only combating the sedentary nature of gaming, but also its potential role in facilitating the cognitive aspects of gaming performance. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brain Sciences;10, 859
dc.subject exercise en_US
dc.subject cognition en_US
dc.subject video gaming en_US
dc.subject esports en_US
dc.title Converging evidence supporting the cognitive link between exercise and esport performance: A dual systematic review en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/brainsci10110859
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.relation.projectid 13/RC/2094 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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