It’s hard today to remember what our lives were like before cell phones, computers, gaming consoles, and a wide variety of other technological advances we all currently enjoy. Think about how science has changed, and hopefully improved your life in everything from little wrist fitness trackers, to the ease of making phone calls whenever and wherever, to watching a smart television or owning a self-driving car. Today, most of us take these things for granted, but if you happen to lose your power supply at home or work, you likely find that you don’t have a clue how to proceed with your day!
Technological Advances for Sports
The impacts of technology on sports are countless. Everything from instant replay to fantasy apps to zooming in/out, to equipment, and so much more! We think the following advances have been the most influential on sports.
- Take a pill, and take your temperature. There is an ingestible pill that helps trainers accurately monitor body temperature. By doing so athlete’s vital info can be easily, and accurately transmitted to the medical team. This incredible technology can help to prevent heat exhaustion, and perhaps death. Heat exhaustion is the second most common reason for athletic fatalities.
- You’ve probably seen hawk eye technology at work in any number of sports. It’s been around since 2006, and is exactly what it sounds like, a bird’s eye view of the field of play. It offers several benefits including:
- Error Free
- Less chronic complaining from players, coaches, and spectators about calls.
- Refs, and umps can access info during the game to assess a decision, and ensure its accuracy.
Had this been in place during the John McEnroe age, what in the world would he have complained about (hehehe)? Thanks for the priceless entertainment, John!
- Smart helmets are being used by the NFL and the NHL as a deterrence for concussions. The helmets use magnets and sensor technology that can help to reduce the risk of brain injuries. Data is also transmitted to the sidelines so that medical staffs can perform proper concussion protocols immediately.
- Live cameras can also be used on helmets to give players and coaches exact replicas of player views during games.
- Virtual sports are already in use with the rise in fantasy competitions. The FIFA has already used the technology in a virtual competition that was later aired in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.
- If you’re a NASCAR fan, you probably already know about HANS. No, not Solo, the head, and neck support that was developed before the death of well-loved Dale Earnhardt. While the device was available at that time, only six drivers were wearing it in that period. Unfortunately, in this case, we must learn some things the hard way. Features of the device are:
- A U-shape that fits snuggly behind the neck, and two joined arms fit over the pecs.
- It only has two anchor connections to the helmet.
- It prevents the head, and neck from being tossed forward or back in the event of a crash. It also aids in the prevention of twisting motions.
- Computers we can wear that help athletes monitor heart rates, pulse, dehydration, and as a result can aid in the prevention of heart attacks, and other maladies that can impact abilities, and health for athletes.
- Video Technology means no more tape delays, we’re large, and live for most everything! It isn’t just television anymore, phones, tablets, overhead screens at sports bar, and even watches. Not only has the video improved, we can see scrimmage lines, down lines, high definition, pitch speeds, not to mention DVR technology. Gone are the days of I Love Lucy in black, and white on a tiny screen!
- Prosthetic devices are in a class of their own, and individuals who wish to compete athletically can now do just that. Thanks to technology, many can compete on the same level as athletes with no impairments. Can you imagine how that feels to someone who is missing a limb? Incredible!
- Although it hasn’t found its way to the NFL yet, goal-line technology does exist, and is used currently in association football, and at the FIFA men’s, and women’s World Cups. It is a little cost prohibitive for some leagues; however, the spirit of the device is to determine if a ball has crossed the goal line.
How has technology helped you in your sporting efforts? Whether you’re playing or watching, we want to hear from you with your thoughts!