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Esports Scholarship Focuses on Sports Medicine, Gamer Wellbeing

Hyperice is collaborating with University of California, Irvine to create a scholarship program for esports for non-players.

 Esports Scholarship Focuses on Sports Medicine, Gamer Wellbeing

With esports exploding in popularity, Hyperice is making an investment in the education of students in the community. The performance technology company is creating a program at University of California Irvine to award two students with partial scholarships focusing on health and wellness. Qualified individuals are expected to have a background in sports medicine.

As part of the scholarship program, Hyperice will be working with UCI to collaboratively develop gamer-specific sports medicine content, educational workshops tutorials and protocols. The two organizations will also create a sports medicine curriculum focused on enhancing athlete longevity, improving playing conditions and optimizing performance in addition to UCI wellness pods for athlete warm up, rehabilitation and recovery.

"Health and wellness are crucial for UCI Esports as we try to push the boundaries of human performance within esports,” said Mark Deppe, director of UCI Esports. “This visionary gift from Hyperice will provide the necessary people and equipment to keep all of our students healthy and fit. These scholarships are also notable as they will be the first for non-players and demonstrate that a successful program relies on talented people in many different roles."

The first two scholarships will be selected in the fall of 2019. More information about Hyperice can be found here.

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