The stakes in e-sports are high: Online competitors stand (or sit) to make millions of dollars in winnings.
Photo: Kelvin Chan/AP
Photo: Kelvin Chan/AP

Ask NBA e-sports coach, Northside doctors about the pro gaming life

As people stay inside to slow the spread of COVID-19, they might be spending more time online and wondering what it’s like to be a professional gamer.

Whether you or yours have an inkling to go pro, get a look inside the world Wednesday at 3 p.m. during a free Q&A hosted by the NBA 2K League affiliate team of the Atlanta Hawks and Northside Hospital doctors with experience in treating e-sports competitors.

The Hawks Talon Gaming Club and other local professional gamers have been working with Northside doctors about a year.


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They are part of a specialized regiment that teaches competitors how to take care of the unique stresses they put on their body — if you think your eyes and wrists hurt after work, try being a gamer. They also teach what are usually young folks how to eat and sleep to maximize performance.

The stakes are high: Online competitors stand (or sit) to make millions of dollars in winnings.

The 2K league, which is in part run by the NBA, began in 2018. The move is trying to engage the next generation of sports fans, many of whom are more interested in e-sports than traditional sports. Atlanta was one of the four recent expansion teams.


READ | Inside the world of e-sports, gaming in Atlanta


Those interested in attending the 45-minute Q&A on Zoom can sign up online. Here’s the line-up:

• Wesley Acuff, Hawks Talon head coach

• Lauren Cicinelli, registered dietitian with Northside

• Clint Kennedy, director of education at PlayVS, which is e-sports competition platform dedicated to inclusivity, teamwork and sportsmanship

• Dr. Matt Lopez, senior sports physical therapist with Northside

• Dr. Vonda Wright, chief and orthopedic surgeon with the Northside Hospital Sports Medicine Network


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The Atlanta Braves, Falcons and United aren't the only teams in town anymore. There's also a team of professional gamers called the Reign.

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