The level of stress cyber athletes face at tournaments is roughly equal to the level of stress that players and rugby players experience during a match, according to a research study by British scientists from Chichester University.
Scientists have identified more than 50 stressors for cyber athletes. Similar factors are encountered by professional footballers and rugby players in major competitions. These include problems communicating with teammates, as well as fear of speaking to a large audience.
When players experience stress, they behave in the same way, either avoiding communication or engaging in aggressive communication with their teammates, which leads to reduced results.
British scientists want to develop effective strategies to help them overcome stressful situations and improve the productivity of their players in tournaments.