Nanotechnology in sports equipment: The game changer – Letian Guo

Nanotechnology advantages in sports equipment

The degree of competitiveness in sports has been remarkably impacted by nanotechnology like any other innovative idea in materials science. Within the niche of sport equipments, nanotechnology offers a number of advantages and immense potential to improve sporting equipments making athletes safer, comfortble and more agile than ever. Baseball bats, tennis and badminton racquets, hockey sticks, racing bicycles, golf balls/clubs, skis, fly-fishing rods, archery arrows, etc. are some of the sporting equipments, whose performance and durability are being improved with the help of nanotechnology . Nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), silica nanoparticles (SNPs), nanoclays fullerenes, etc. are being incorporated into various sports equipment to improve the performance of athletes as well as equipments.

Various companies are coming up with more innovative ideas to implement nanotechnology for improving sports equipment even further. Many prominent sportspersons are opting to have nano-incorporated sporting equipments to enhance their performances. However, being an expensive technology, nano-enhanced sporting equipments cannot be afforded by each and every sportsperson and unless each competent athlete is given the same sporting equipment, it would be unfair and difficult to judge the natural sporting ability and human spirit. Therefore, the ultimate goal to be achieved should be to push the boundaries of performance levels rather than pushing the cost of high-tech sporting equipments. Also, in order to address the possible toxicity issues related to nano-enhanced sporting equipments, a proper monitoring of their manufacturing processes, period of use and disposal is needed to prohibit the release of nanoparticles due to degradation or any other reason.

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