How Technology Is Transforming the Sports Industry

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Technology is changing the way we live, learn and seek entertainment. With the advancement in technology, you can monitor your premises from anywhere with the help of Bristol CCTV installations. Technology has also changed the sports industry. Keep reading to know more about it.

Hawk-Eye technology

Hawk-eye is a ball tracking system that is used in various sports, such as cricket, football, tennis and rugby. It was first used in 2001 by channel 4 to broadcast the Ashes series. The technology uses six high-speed vision cameras positioned at different places in the ground and two broadcast cameras which trace the trajectory of the ball. In the game of tennis, there are around 10 cameras to track the ball. These vision cameras obtain a 3D visualisation of the path of the ball after it’s been bowled. The system will generate two trajectories for each ball. Using the hawk-eye technology, the speed of the ball, the swing of the ball, the pitching point and the bounce of the ball can be calculated. The expected path of the ball will be calculated using the second trajectory. This is widely used in making LBW decisions.

Wearable devices

Wearable devices are used to track the athlete’s performance. Data collected by these devices are used to identify where improvement is needed and where stress needs to be addressed. These wearables are incorporated into the fabric of sports apparel, attached to sports equipment and worn by athletes. But motion sensors help players to improve their bat swing using a precision device fitted inside the bat. GPS trackers incorporated into athletic uniforms gives real-time information on player’s speed, balance, acceleration and motion. Early signs of injuries are also easily detected, letting the team coaches relive athletes before serious problems arise. Wearables already in use are measuring various human metrics including stress load, heart rate, metabolism, stress load and physical impact from trauma.

HANS device

Head and Neck Support (HANS) device is designed to reduce the risk of serious head and neck injuries during motorsports. It was designed by an American scientist in the early 1980s. The device is shaped like a “U” and it is supported by the shoulders. The helmet is attached to the HANS device with the help of an anchor on each side. The purpose of the device is to restrict the head from whipping fore and aft in a crash. In simple words, it allows the driver’s head to move normally but restricts head movements during a crash to prevent serious injury.

Social media

In recent years, social media has become one of the most important tools for sports, the athletes and the fans. People around the world can now engage in their favourite sports, follow athletes and get the most updated content on their smartphone. Various sports organisations are using social media to build relations with the public, to promote their teams and to reduce their marketing costs. Nowadays, athletes also share their pictures and sports-related updates on popular social media platforms.



Author: Dexter Sinistri

Dexter Sinistri is a famously centrist writer who has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for a number of leading publications since 2005. Though once a photographer, Mr. Sinistri struck out as a writer on all things celebrity, and he likes to consider himself a tremendous asset to Glossy News, though by most accounts, he has fallen somewhat short of this effort.