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Technology has made a tremendous impact on every aspect of our society, ranging from healthcare and government to education and business, in recent times. People are able to gain information quickly, communicate directly and grow ideas efficiently, thanks to technology. The world of sports is no different. Timer services are making every millisecond count in sports such as Formula-1 and athletics, while the hawk-eye technique is making it possible to track the trajectory of balls in cricket and tennis. Special cameras allow the movement of players and balls to be monitored in football, while goal-line technology helps ice hockey and football referees to decide whether the ball is within the playing arena.

Prominent Sports Technologies

Hawk-Eye

The Hawk-eye technology, as the name suggests, analyzes the flight and trajectory of the object used in sports with the help of 6-7 high-end cameras deployed above the field of play. Referees are able to make quick and error-free decisions by analyzing the ball movements, thereby minimizing the criticism from players and spectators. This technology is being extensively used in cricket, football and rugby league.

Video Technology

Everything is live in today’s sports on the home TV, as well as on myriad devices such as smart phone and tablet. Video refereeing means that decisions can be made quickly and accurately. Video analysis allows coaches and analysts to look at a player’s performance and incorporate necessary changes into training regimes.

HANS device

HANS (Head and Neck Support) device is a safety device worn by race drivers to reduce the likelihood of head and neck injuries. It is a U-shaped device that is placed behind the neck, with its two arms rested over the chest and connected to the helmet by two anchors on each side, to minimize wild swinging of the neck in case of a crash.

Wearable Computers

Wearable computers allow real-time tracking of a sportsman. Wearable devices monitor heart rates, pulse rates, hydration, and temperature, and the number of collisions and jumps that occur during a match. This data comes in handy for trainers and doctors who are helping the players to win a tennis tournament or any other sports. The incidents of dehydration and heart attacks among sports persons have dramatically declined in wake of the introduction of wearable devices.

Ingestible Thermometer Pills

Indigestible pills are being used to supervise visceral organs, temperature and heart rates of athletes. These pills, when swallowed, move around the gastrointestinal tract and transmit vital information to the medical experts for the diagnosis and treatment of health issues at an elementary stage.

Smart Helmets

Smart helmets lower the risk of brain injury through the use of sensors and magnet technology. The sensors disperse the force of collisions and the magnet helps in spreading and absorbing the impact, thereby decreasing the chances of a head injury. Moreover, the helmet intimates the coach and sideline staff about the collision, thus facilitating real-time concussion diagnosis and treatment.

To conclude, technology is here to stay in the field of sports. It is promoting well-being of the players and making sports cleaner.