Six Technological Advancements That Have Changed Sports

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Hawk-Eye Technology

Just as it sounds, this technology uses 6-7 high-end cameras situated above the field of play (e.g. a birds-eye view) to analyze the flight and trajectory of an object being used in sports competition. Most commonly used in tennis, cricket, rugby and volleyball, Hawk-Eye Technology has been in use since 2006 in tennis and is more accurate than a judges eye.

Benefits of this technology:

  • Hawk-Eye technology helps to take an error-free decision in cricket, lawn tennis, rugby league, football, and baseball.
  • This technology has reduced the criticism of the players and spectators about the decision of the match referee.
  • By analyzing the movement of the balls through this technology, the umpire can take an error-free decision quickly when the game is going on.

HANS device

A vast majority of technological advancements in sports revolve around safety, and the HANS  (Head and Neck Support) device used in motorsports is one of the most famous.

At the time of Dale Earnhardt’s death on the track at the Daytona 500 due to head and neck trauma, Thomas Gideon, senior director of Safety, Research & Development of NASCAR, claims that only about six drivers were wearing a HANS device. That moment changed the sports as more drivers adopted this technology geared towards saving their lives in the event of a tragic crash.

Details of a HANS device:

  • U-shaped device which is placed behind the neck and its two arms are placed over the pectoral muscles of the chest
  • It is only connected to the helmet by two anchors on each side and supported by the shoulders
  • A HANS device keeps the head from whipping forwards and backward in a crash, while also preventing excessive twisting movements

Prosthetic Devices for Disabled Athletes

What used to be the end of the story is now just a beginning of a new one. People with disabilities, or lost limbs, never had a chance to compete, but with the advancement of prosthetic technology more and more physically disabled are competing like before.

Dr. Rory A. Cooper is a leader in developing cutting-edge prosthetics. As the Director of Human Engineering Resources Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Cooper places athletes in body suits embedded with motion sensors. The athletes then go through a series of drills based around athletic movement, the cameras and the wearable tech report back on their movements. The prosthetic design process begins after this motion study, which in the end creates a custom prosthetic that moves with their body.

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