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January 09, 2020

Top 4 Technological Advancements That Changed Sports Over the Years

In the beginning, technology and sports didn’t always seem like they were a natural pairing. After all, what do you need for baseball apart from a ball and a bat? For basketball, you’ll just need a hoop and a ball, right?

But, as we have seen through the years, there is room for improvement even with our beloved pastimes. Regardless of whether it is for ensuring safety, making a great thing even more incredible, or fixing a system that’s broken, technological advancements have played a role in perfecting sports which we love to agonize and analyze over.

Here are the biggest technological advancements in sports over the last decade:

1. Hawk-Eye Technology

Hawk-eye technology is a wonder in various sports, including football, badminton, tennis, and cricket. This tech is utilized to visually track a ball’s trajectory and predict its path. Hawk eye was originally implemented in cricket in the early 2000s.

It is considered as one of the best sports tech advancements as it helps viewers and the umpire see how a ball travels following an impact, making it extremely useful for LBW decisions that are strictly based on where exactly the ball pitches, as well as the impact on the batsman’s leg among others.

2. Video Technology

Most sports now utilize a broad range of technology and that includes video technology, which assists officials with decisions on the field. Video technology can also help eradicate most mistakes that used to blight previous football tournaments.

Additionally, video changed how athletes analyze their performance during and after the competition. As for the coaches, it helps them assess individual aspects apart from making decisions related to performance and training. For the fans, we can cheer for our favorite teams via Togel Singapore or live video streaming.

3. HANS Device

In motorsports, minor accidents used to be fatal. They were considered as the cost of the race or chalked up to mere bad luck, but injuries and tragedies can actually be prevented with a head and neck support. This is commonly referred to as the HANS device.

The device works just like an airbag. Rather than inflating a cushion in the event of a collision, the raised collar and polyester fabric tethers secure the head of a driver and make sure the skull bones are never overloaded (often the cause of head trauma).

4. Wearable Computers

Wearable computers that are already used in sports include devices that measure over a hundred human metrics, such as heart rate, stress load, metabolism, physical impact (from trauma), and core temperature.

Researchers are also forging ahead as they are designing devices that can accurately measure deeper aspects of metabolic function, hydration levels, and physical stress.

Technological advancements in sports are useful as they offer various benefits, including ensuring the health and safety of players. It is set as well to continue benefitting our favorite sports and teams in ways that we previously couldn’t think of.

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