Technology has profoundly affected almost every industry in the world, and the world of sports is no exception. Technological innovations are constantly changing the sports industry for the better.
Technological developments have made it possible for sports to become safer and more competitive for athletes. Technology has also improved the experience of sports fans, making sports more accessible than ever.
Whether you work in the sports industry or are an avid fan, your experience is very different and better than it could have been years ago, thanks to technology.
Here’s how technology is changing the world of sports:
1. Injury prevention and rehabilitation
The possibility of injury is one of the bitter truths of any sport. Athletes risk their bodies and well-being not only for the entertainment of sports fans, but also for the glory of victory. Playing at the highest levels requires maximum effort and an injury is a possible consequence of this intense engagement.
Thankfully, technology has made it possible to avoid injuries across various sports. For example, there are high-tech mouth prostheses that use sensors to determine if the impact is serious or negligible, so that collisions that may seem normal but are actually threatening can be detected and acted upon. time.
Moreover, technology has made possible the better rehabilitation of injuries, e.g. through the use of digital modeling, which enables the finding of the source of injury in body parts such as the elbow and arm, so that proper treatment can be performed as quickly as possible and in the right way.
2. Instant Reproduction Technology (VAR)
It may seem like instant play has been part of the sport since most of us started following our favorite teams, but it was a time when instant play did not exist or was of low quality and contentious calls simply became topics of debate. for years.
With today’s instant playback technology, what is happening on the field can be seen from different angles and even in super slow motion. This way, sports leagues can ensure accuracy in what is happening and the referees are better able to keep the game as fair as possible.
3. Fantasy League
Fantasy Sports are online games where people join a virtual team with real sports players. You earn points based on real-life statistics, which turn into fantasy points. The better your player performs in real life, the higher your fantasy points.
You play against other managers and their teams. Everyone manages a list by adding, removing, trading and selling players to continue winning.
4. Statistics and analytical reports on sports
Keeping player statistics is a challenging task. However, technology has made it possible to keep statistics that even humans cannot measure. An example of this is SportVU, which is a system that tracks everything that is happening on the basketball court, such as where the ball is going and the movement of players.
Technology has given us access to an ocean of data from which fans, players and especially training staff can benefit. With analytics data, teams can now make more refined adjustments and coaching staff no longer have to rely solely on intuition when designing a game plan. Sports teams can now use math to improve their game.
5. Replacing human error
The Hawkeye system, has been in place in cricket and tennis for years now, and has eliminated to some extent human errors from the game.
The Hawkeye system tracks the trajectory and speed of the ball, as well as its step and bounce, and has made the pursuit of these sports much more appealing.
6. Sports video games
Although there is still no technology that will put fans in players’s shoes, fans can at least simulate their favorite sport and play as their favorite team in video games, allowing for a unique sports experience. and comprehensive.
With the ever-evolving technology, nowadays it often becomes difficult to distinguish a real sports game from a video game.
Of course technological developments play an important role in sports we must not forget that sports are still to celebrate human achievement and triumph and that our bodies will continue to run, lift and jump – regardless of whether we are surrounded everywhere with high technology.