Just like in other sectors today, technological advancements have had an unprecedented impact on the sporting community. The use of new technologies is changing not only the way of training players and playing their sport but also the whole experience of watching sporting events.Sporting equipment is continually undergoing research and development to improve sporting performance. This can be demonstrated by the development of a fully body swim wear, made of polyurethane, which made a huge impact at the Olympics only to be banned a year later because it was too obviously making a difference to sporting performance.
Electronic timing controlled by computers has also been employed to measure performance times of athletes in many sporting activities including Athletics, Cycling, Skiing, Bobsled, Triathlon and many more. In the case of Athletics, the electronic timing also measures the athlete’s reaction time to the start gun in case the athlete moves too early off the blocks. The Force Platform an apparatus is also used by placing under the feet of the athlete and measures their ground reaction force. This is useful in sports such as Weightlifting and enables measurement of force and acceleration throughout the athlete’s performance of a given lift. When talking about the most recent sport technology advancements, it would be unfair to miss the whole new market in this industry that emerged thanks to digital technologies. eSports, which includes eRacing, fighting games, shooters. This is a fast-growing sector built around mobile and personal computer gaming, AR and VR as well as Artificial intelligence technologies.
The now common video camera which provides sports coaches with a way to capture and analyse sport performance like never seen. This technology has been considered by most to be the most important asset in use by coaches in the modern era. One of the most famous and recent technologies introduced in football, is called ‘goal line technology’. It is used to determine if a ball has crossed the goal line, in order to support the referee in making accurate assessment. These data-sets have become increasingly important for coaches, athletic trainers and doctors. In fact, coaches use them to provide better strategies for their team