Thirty-two of NiBBLE’s top esports athletes benefitted from Reach’s sports science programme designed to enhance their gaming at the Comic Con Africa VS Gaming championships which took place mid-September in Kyalami, Gauteng.
“We know how important it is for players to feel calm, rested and cognitively ready before major tournaments,” says NiBBLE Esports founder, Keegan “Brava” Stewart. “We were eager to jump on board with Reach in order to look after our players’ health and wellbeing, but also to explore a new trend that can only be advantageous in the competitive esports environment.”
Good nutrition, sleep science and custom drills
NiBBLE’s six teams competing at the championship followed basic nutrition guidelines and were introduced to sleep science. At the event, they completed warmup and recovery drills before and after competing.
“Our drills focused on the central nervous and cognitive systems,” says Reach sports scientist, Barry Bridges, “so they enhance eye-hand coordination, circulation, peripheral vision and reaction times.
“The activities were a good mind shift from the screens and enabled the players to transition back into their games well,” he says. “The drills not only improve physiological functioning, they reinforce team cohesion while the players have fun.”
Sports science should be embraced by MGO’S and tournament organisers
“I definitely see this becoming a mainstay for esports teams both locally and internationally and we are keen to see the long-term benefits of this programme on our players,” concludes Stewart.
“The programme offers organisations an opportunity to connect with their players individually and the drills really brought our teams together and improved synergy.
“It would be interesting to see if tournament organisers, aside from esports organisations, can creatively introduce a system like this into their spaces to benefit tournaments and players.
“NiBBLE would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Barry Bridges and Reach for their hard work they put into the programme and the relationships they have built with our members.