Discipline, discipline, discipline: how warmups and cooldowns can amp gamer performance and wellness

Posted on 16 Sep 2022

Warming up before and cooling down after competition is crucial to ensuring success and longevity in sports. Warmups prime the athlete for efficiently performing every movement they’ll need, getting their muscle groups in sync, strong, and prepared to work through their full range of motion. Gradually ramping up the muscles’ activity also prevents injury from abrupt strain. The benefits aren’t just physical. In addition to gearing their bodies for peak performance, good warm-ups also strengthen an athlete’s mind-body connection, improving their control and directing their focus. Cooldowns too, play a significant role. Following demanding physical activity, an effective cooldown creates the optimal conditions for recovery, allowing a quick return to action and a long sporting career.

Esports athletes need to pay the same attention to their bodies to perform at their best. Esports demand heavy use of a limited set of muscle groups, mainly in the arms, requiring very specific warmups and cooldowns. Esports demands far more actions per minute than traditional sports, requiring an extreme degree of fine-motor control that can tax the complexes of nerves and muscle fibers in the hands, wrists and forearms. Warmups consist of a series of stretches and exercises that mimic the actions a gamer will have to perform and esports athletes use game-specific exercises that focus more on precision than power. Esports cooldowns aim to recover the body, preventing carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Unfortunately, however, almost 70% of gamers suffer from mild to moderate wrist pain after playing over two hours continuously.

Strategic use of heating and cooling has been shown to bolster the effectiveness of both warmups and cooldowns for esports athletes. In clinical trials with gamers, the targeted application of heat or cold before and after gaming sessions led to significant improvements in the outcomes of both warmups and cooldowns. Most gamers resort to simply running hot water over their hands or using ice-packs post gaming to reap the benefits of heat or cold therapy. Although helpful in the short run, these practices are far from optimized for gamer performance or recovery. To address the need for improvement in esports specific warmups and cooldowns and the lack of gamer-health focused products, Gamertech has developed two proven solutions. These are the GamerTech Magma Glove and GamerTech Sub-Zero glove.

The Magma glove uses advanced materials that incorporate GamerTech’s patent pending Thin Film Thermal Regulation (TFTR) technology to deliver targeted thermotherapy along with compression. By optimizing blood flow to the nerve and muscle complexes of the lower arm, the GamerTech Magma Glove keeps motor skills razor-sharp for extended periods. Its customizable therapy cycles allow the user to choose between gearing up for mayhem, maintaining precision, or alleviating wrist pain.

The GamerTech Sub-Zero Glove, similarly, is the future of post-game cooldowns. Advanced Phase Change Materials (PCM), seamlessly woven into the sleek compression fabric, deliver targeted cryotherapy bolstering recovery after long brutal gaming sessions. 

Both the GamerTech Magma and Sub-Zero Gloves have been battle-tested in clinical trials with gamers, showcasing the gears’ ability to also alleviate acute and chronic pain by 1.5X and 1.7X. 

GamerTech recognizes the need for gamers and esports athletes to craft discipline into their grind and facilitates this with gear rewarding gear. The GamerTech Magma and Sub-Zero gloves, by enabling effective warmups and cooldowns, improves in-game performance significantly, prevents in-game injuries and accelerates post-game recovery. The result, prolonged effective training sessions, and prolonged healthy careers.