Technological advances in sport have enabled the collection and analysis of data at a high speed. The integration of these data streams enables an athlete’s overall performance to be measured and the results shared across disciplines. While there were once limitations in terms of data storage, computing speed and intelligence tools, these challenges have been overcome with technological advancements. However, the implementation of this technology still poses a number of challenges, including athlete buy-in. To overcome these challenges, successful implementation requires the collaboration of both athletes and practitioners.
As with any new technological development, there is a learning curve involved in applying the new technique. The first step is evaluating the technology. Technology in sport has the potential to change the way we coach. While its potential is exciting, it’s important to understand the limitations and implications of its use. As a coach, the main role of the technology is to provide data for decision making. This data can either be obtained easily or may be difficult to access. Trials are an effective way to evaluate the technology, allowing you to conduct preliminary analyses before purchasing.
Another aspect of technology in sport is its impact on sport practice. The use of the technology in the environment can enhance motor learning and development, while simultaneously promoting a direct engagement with the physical environment. This shift in focus has positive and negative effects for practitioners. For example, it can encourage participants to question second-hand information and challenge conformity. The use of technology in sport can increase the demand for standardization, as it encourages the use of standardized performance measures.
It’s Potential Disadvantage
Despite its benefits, technology in sport has its share of disadvantages. Using technology to improve performance and increase safety is an important step, but some technologies can also provide an unfair advantage. Further, some technologies may need to be embedded before they can truly be effective. These issues could become obvious as the technology becomes more widely used. This is why careful consideration needs to be taken when incorporating technology into sports.