Can video games make you a better athlete?
An important requirement for athletes in any sport is practice. Endurance, stamina and reaction times are just some examples of what individuals who play sports need to build in order to excel in what they do. You wouldn’t normally think of video games and athleticism in the same category of sport-based learning, however, skills such as problem-solving, speed, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness can be developed through playing video-games. Additionally, these are all important traits that athletes need to excel in their sports.
In my digital artefact, I want to research the correlations between sports training and video games that have a positive impact on athletes. I want to know, do video games help athletes to think in abstract ways? Does it strengthen their skills and their ability to play well?
I want to explore the research of sports-scientists, who have now been using analytics of video games to “test what some say is the next frontier in sports — the mind” (Estefanell, 2017).
An example of a game that is being used by athletes to test and improve their skills for games is a program called IntelliGym. IntelliGym was developed initially for Israeli fighter pilots, which tests cognitive performances such as spatial awareness. This program is currently being used by top European soccer clubs (Estefanell, 2017).
My intention for this digital artefact is to recognise the promise of the use of video games as sport-related training for professional athletes. I want to know if it is a useful test for cognitive performance and even physical benefits in both movement-based video games and non-movement-based video games.
Check out my Project Pitch on Youtube below:
Videogames.org.au. (2019). Skills development as a benefit of playing video games. [online] Available at: https://www.videogames.org.au/skills-development/ [Accessed 14 Aug. 2019].
Estefanell, I. (2017). Could video games be the key to athletic success? | CBC Sports. [online] CBC. Available at: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/brain-gaming-industry-athletic-success-1.4114268 [Accessed 14 Aug. 2019].