A gamer’s hands are arguably the most important part of their bodies. The hands serve as the conduit between enemy movements on the screen perceived by the eye and the ensuing actions that take place in the game. They coordinate up to 600 complex movements per second, which can place the numerous muscles, joints, and nerves that make those movements possible under increased amounts of stress.
When the demand on these structures outweighs their capabilities, they can be strained, torn, and even damaged even further. This can lead to pain, which occurs in up to a third of collegiate esports athletes, and weakness. This can slow movements, necessitate new keybinds, and even force extended periods off from gaming entirely.
Determining the exact cause of hand pain can help narrow down the diagnosis, and can inform proper prevention and treatment to keep your hands in optimal shape. While these symptoms are best evaluated by trained healthcare providers, the location and type of pain can help inform the underlying cause. This will allow for early detection, before symptoms can degrade performance.