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Most Popular Technologies Implemented In Sports Nowadays

Take a look at some of the ways state-of-the-art technology has revolutionized time-honored sports.

Spain football team in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@SeFutbol
By Karthik Raman | Oct 18, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Sports are a great barometer of a person’s health and fitness, but this doesn’t imply that modern science and technology can’t help athletes perform better. There are several ways in which new technologies are changing sports for the better. Scorekeeping, injury monitoring and prevention, fan engagement, and verifying the legality of a play and goal are just a few examples. Take a look at some of the ways state-of-the-art technology has revolutionized time-honored sports.

Wearable Tech

The popularity of wearable tech companies has led to a shift in how sports are rated. With the instant of technologies like GPS trackers and RFID chips, sports officials no longer rely on the unreliable judgment of human eyes to determine winners and losers. Football, like many other sports, is increasingly incorporating various forms of wearable technology. There are many different kinds of activities that might benefit from calorie, step, distance, pulse, and heart rate tracking, which is why smart watches like Fitbit are so popular among both elite athletes and casual fitness enthusiasts. This is very popular in the Premier Liga.

Sensor Tools 

Technology can do a better job of sports administration and officiating than humans. This ensures that athletes are judged fairly and that they have a chance to win. The reliability of a target is often evaluated with the help of sensor instruments. They’re also employed when it’s difficult to detect with the naked eye whether or not a ball crossed the goal line or a player committed a foul. Various sensor equipment is used for different sports. The Hawk-Eye system in cricket, for instance, uses sound analysis to tell if the ball hit the bat before being caught. When a player’s foot deflects the ball, Hawk-Eye can be utilized to calculate where it would have fallen otherwise. Find out if the ball was being obstructed from hitting the wicket in an unfair manner.

Disability And Accessibility

Disabled sports fans, who may have previously had difficulty attending games due to inaccessible parts of games and stadiums, are now able to fully participate in the sports fan experience because of advancements in technology. For those who are visually handicapped, the Australian Open tennis competition now offers descriptive audio. They integrated real-time data on the location of the ball with 3D audio to create a really immersive environment for the spectators. E-ticketing systems and other contactless or electronically-driven services can be very helpful for disabled spectators. The venue’s lack of convenient wheelchair access or accessible parking places near fan areas (such ticket booths and snack stands) is avoided in this way. Disabled spectators can benefit from “in-seat delivery services,” which some stadiums have started offering so that they can order food and drink and have it brought to them while they watch the game. 

Equipment Development

Protecting athletes’ health and well-being is essential to maintaining the sports’ appeal to viewers. Manufacturers have created a variety of safety equipment to lessen the likelihood of accidents and injuries and to protect spectators. Concerns about head trauma led to the introduction of new helmets for the 2010 NFL season. To prevent head and neck injuries, the helmets were made to disperse the force of impact. Wearable technologies like this joined the ranks of biometric wrist monitors and other similar devices already in use in the NFL



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