5 sports tech ideas for coaches and athletes – Zac Boettcher

Technology has intersected with Sport as long as players, teams and managers have been actively pursuing higher achievement in competition. Coy Wire from CNN Sports highlights a few great ideas in the ever changing landscape of Sports technologies.

1: Data learning technology to help coaches

Splunk data collection uses data learning technology to predict plays. The technology could be used by coaches to learn player’s tendencies. There is a video analysis that uses Peyton Manning as example to show how a coach could better understand Manning’s tendencies with every stat imaginable, like what down, time, distance to new down, etc.

2: Checking Technique

EliteForm is a new sports science technology that measures technique and gives immediate feedback for athletes during workout. See how fast and how powerful an athlete is to maximize adaptations.

  1. Skulpt

Skulpt is another mobile device that by pressing its 12 sensors against the skin creates a tiny electric current that measures the percentage of muscle fiber versus fat stored inside the muscle.

This is a great tool for athletes to pin point which muscle groups they can or should be working out each day or period.

  1. Fanvana

Fanvana is a very interesting social networking app and concept idea that integrates social media in a very new way. The app allows you to select your favorite teams, connect to the latest sports stories and connecting with fans of your teams. Fanvana goes beyond Twitter and Facebook, while connecting it’s users outside of traditional markets. Created by former Facebook data employees, Fanvana could be a future tool for measuring fan engagement while interacting with out of market clients.

  1. Technology for disabled athletes.

Who stands to benefit more from athletic technologies than the disabled? Prosthesis technologies are greatly improving. The next age for prosthesis and athletics involves very specific types of robotic prosthetics that can imitate almost any movement patterns. Dr. Rory Cooper of HERL is working on these technologies. The athletes perform drills that uses cameras to digitize their movements. The data is then taken to design prostheses that will allow athletes to complete the same movement actions.

 “These kinds of prosthetic devices could eventually allow athletes with and without disabilities to compete together seamlessly in any sport — including football.”



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