Whilst the premise of our favorite sports hasn’t changed much over the years, the continued advances in technology have enabled our sportsmen and women to not only improve their game but more importantly improve their safety.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup, Bwin produced an alternative guide, which took a closer look at the future technology of sport. We take a look at the practicalities of their innovations.
Earlier this year, a report revealed that concussions in rugby had increased by 59%. So it’s no surprise that this years Rugby World Cup worked closely with Cup worked closely with New Zealand company CSx to introduce concussion management software in order to track and monitor players medical and impact history.
The concussion detector proposed in the guide however is more akin to the headgear produced by tech company Jolt Sensor. The device is clipped to a player’s headgear, and if the individual comes into contact, the impact is recorded on the software in real time, allowing medics to quickly assess the severity. A recent report revealed that 96% of 91 NFL players, whose brains were studied, had signs of brain disease known as CTE. With revealing reports like this, it’s likely that concussion various forms, will soon be commonplace in all contact sports.
Whilst the technology to produce small lightweight wearable cameras is already available, player cams are currently restricted in many sports due to red tape. The planned introduction of helmet cams in American College Football has already been reported, but many fans and coaches feel strongly that the cameras should be introduced for all televised games, to improve the spectator’s experience and allow coaches to review the videos as part of their training.
Gum Shield Sensor
According to Dr Kavouras, even a dehydration of 2% can lead to dizziness and cramping. For professional sportsmen and women, it’s therefore crucial to stay hydrated during a game. Bwin’s innovation of a hydration detecting gum shield might seem like a wacky idea, but researchers at the University of Florida are developing their mouth guard, that currently detects teeth grinding, to detect hydration levels, heat levels and even concussion.
Biometric Data Wristbands
A recent article in the Guardian spoke to Canadian Football Defensive Brian Bulcke about the rise in wearable technology for professional sports players. Whilst, Bulcke and many other athletes are behind new advancements, there is a concern over their privacy and more importantly their future. With advanced software, it’s becoming easier to analyze the biometric data and make predictions about a player’s performance. If the results predict a decline in performance for example, it could mean an early transfer, pay cut or even early retirement.
What future tech would you like to see integrated into sport?