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Esports has become an internationally recognized occupation that is continuing to grow in popularity. The discipline of occupational science with a qualitative, phenomenological approach was used to study the occupation of esports. Larson, Wood, and Clark’s (2003) framework of form, function, and meaning was applied to study to explore the occupational experience of esports with five participants. Form, function, and meaning guided the methods utilized through semi-structured interviews and observation. Eight sub-themes were extracted from the data and embodied the personal occupational experiences of esports. The findings support the importance of understanding the complexities of occupations such as personal experience and community. The exploration of esports through form, function, and meaning further promotes the need to study occupations. Future research would benefit from continuing to explore the complexities of esports such as gender, age, socio-economic status, and cultural identity.

Publication Date

Summer 8-12-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Esports, Computer Games, Occupational Therapy, Phenomenology, Qualitative Research

Medical Subject Headings

Sports, Occupational Therapy, Computer Games, Qualitative Research,


Occupational Therapy | Sports Sciences


Poster presented at the Summer 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences held online on August 12, 2021.

Exploring the Form, Function, and Meaning of Esports