Athletes in esport. The physicality of traditional sports has often led to a frontal opposition at the conceptual consideration of sport and esport. But when you see people who have been in the world of sports getting involved in esports, you think that there are finally some similarities. Let’s study some inspiring examples of conversion or even reconversion of traditional sportsmen to esport.
Felix “Féfé” Münch
“Coach Féfé” as he now calls himself, is a success story in the traditional sports world and now in esports. This former physical trainer of the French Basketball team has just won the EU Contenders (the equivalent to the European Cup) on the Overwatch game with the French team Eagle Gaming. Unanimously praised by the community for its positive impact on the team, its strategic changes and leadership. He pushed his players to work harder than ever to get out of a very difficult season start. Féfé has shown that “coaching” is ultimately a human story. Whether in sport or in esport, it is human beings that we manage. The techniques applying to one can be transposed to the other, and Féfé has proved it again.
Olympic champion, world champion not only once but twice, European champion, four-times winner of the Champions Trophy… Samuel Honrubia has an impressive record as international Handball player. He is currently playing for Tremblay-en-France club, in the suburbs of Paris. But when he can make some room during his time off to act in another passion of his, he works as a nutrition coach for the League of Legends team
A hobby or a real conversion solution ? This new activity of the French player proves how compatible sport and gaming are. The know-how accumulated during years spent training and participating in high-level competitions is more than legitimate to be used by an esport structure. Indeed, our dear Samuel, we had the chance to meet, is working on the relevance of a healthy life to improve the performance of his players. It is a question of maximizing recovery times as well as digestion management to avoid losing speed and reflexes, as in any other disciplines after all!
Once again, the aspect of perspiration, endurance/force/physical speed – pick one, or more 😉 – aside, the requirements of the esport are the same as for traditional sport. Mental preparation, regular and long trainings, video review, tactical and strategic preparation etc. all these elements make a professional athlete familiar with the main functionings of esport. It is therefore not surprising to see athletes moving towards esport when they are at the end of their careers. When will a video game player coach a sports team? That’s fair to ask!