Recent advancements in technology have sparked a revolution of new uses for fitness and sports alike. You cannot go to a workout facility without someone there wearing a smartwatch that tracks everything that they are doing. Wearable technology is becoming more and more popular for athletes and gym-goers alike, and for a good reason. Sports, as a whole, has been significantly affected by rapid advancements in technology over the last few years. This article will discuss some ways that technology is changing the way we interact with sports professionally and personally.
At any racing event, you attend, there are no longer people assigned to a stopwatch to keep track of time. Almost all sports use an automatic timing system that keeps track of time effectively and efficiently. With a timing system in place, there is much less room for error and athletes and officials can receive a more accurate display of time for any sport.
Virtual Reality (VR) seems to be seeping into every aspect of everyday life. Sports is no different! By using Virtual Reality, fans have the ability to watch the game up close and personal, and athletes can practice without ever being on the field! Some broadcasting companies are pairing with Virtual Reality companies to bring fans an immersive experience. Soon, fans will be able to stand next to players on the field during the national anthem and see the action up close with Virtual Reality.
Technological advancements are making their way on the field as well as off. Sports teams, especially ones in Football and Hockey are beginning to use smart technology to help with the impacts of collision and mitigating potential damage. With new smart tech helmets being used, the helmets can detect where a collision has taken place and then disperse it for a lesser impact on the player. This technology is extremely useful in collision-prone sports and can prevent hundreds of players from receiving a concussion. Coaches and health professional are actually able to track the collision of the helmets from the sidelines and give advice to athletes. The possibility of this technology is limitless and could be used for a multitude of other sports.