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SMART technology has become vital to sporting success

Every aspect of sport is under the technological microscope
4th December, 2018
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Athletes and teams spend endless hours improving their techniques so they can perform on the biggest stage. These days it’s not just about the training regime but also coaches staying ahead of the technology game to get the most out of performance.

It demands patience and dedication from both the athlete and coach to see the desired outcomes.

Most professional coaches take advantage of new-edge equipment to train their athletes in the best way possible.

From uniforms and shoes to gloves and pads, technology has completely transformed the way in which sports apparel and equipment is designed.

This exceptional development in technology has provided athletes with a convenient opportunity to elevate their skills and intensify their performances.

One of the significant improvements in sports technology is smart helmets. New helmet technology comes with magnet tech and sensor built-in, which can detect and disperse force while decreasing the chances of head injury.

What’s even more, the coaches can also get informed in case of any injury to the athletes, allowing them to take action immediately.
Some sensors that connect to the human body can even evaluate if an individual is getting quality sleep.

Smart equipment has improved to the point where evaluating the performance has become much more precise, refined, and workable. Of course, in this era players can watch and analyse videos in real-time action and learn to improve their techniques. The same technology can be used to observe how the opposing team performed.

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Popular smart sport technology

* Smart sensor basketball

Well designed with accelerometers, the smart sensor basketball is available in the market which can measure speed and rotation. It can also analyse shots and provide valuable feedback such as ball-handling skills.

The data is also delivered in real time to a smartphone so that coaches can track athlete’s performance. With this smart basketball, players can quickly improve their techniques to obtain the best results.

* Smart tennis racquet

This is another good example of smart sports equipment which allows players to compete in the virtual realm.

The racquet is designed to analyse most tennis movements such as forehands, backhands, and serves.

It can also analyse the strings, swing speed, and the type of swing being applied.

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The valuable data can also be transferred to a mobile app where the stroke is analysed, providing an athlete with the easiest way to observe any playing faults.

* Smart running shoes

Every aspiring runner wants to stay healthy and improve his/her performance.

By tracking and analysing different variables such as splits, mileage, pace, heart rate, and total calories burned, athletes can push through to the finish.

Smart running shoes can track all these variables and provide feedback which helps runners intensify their performances. Having built-in sensors, these smart running shoes are also capable of providing real-time updates and future analysis.

Apart from all these equipment mentioned above, several wearable devices have transformed the way athletes train and perform. From low-level recreational sports to high-level competitive activities, technology has affected sports equipment design at all levels.

Now that we’ve arrived in this technological age it’s hard to imagine life without these devices tracking our every move. Indeed, take away technology and professional athletes and teams would lose that 1% advantage that can make all the difference.

To explore a wide range of smart equipment and the latest sports trends, visit the Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) happening in Taiwan World Trade Center from March 28 to March 30 2019. .

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