By the year 2050, tennis players could have attachable bionic limbs, and basketball players might be playing with extended touch screens coming out of their headbands. Just click and pass to the open player in the corner.
The Future of Technology in Sports
Reality might be slightly different from speculation or projection, but the relationship between technology and sports has never been so intertwined. The advancements in augmented and virtual reality, in-home entertainment that makes you feel like you are actually at the game when you’re not, have made us realize that the possibilities of technology in sport are endless. The question is no longer if, but when.
Read on to discover the technology that will transform the sports fan’s experience forever.
Pros of Technology
The advancements of technology in sports is not limited to a simple boost in fans’ viewing pleasure. Everyone from players and coaches to the referees and the fans have something to gain.
Fitness and health can be monitored in real-time to give actionable insights to physicians and trainers mid-match. Wearable technology allows players to gauge their fitness and work on their bodies – which could potentially bring players to the next level.
Even referees are getting in on the action. Perhaps someday soon, the ball used in professional or collegiate sporting events will be smart, allowing referees to go back and see who touched the ball last before it went out of bounds or where the ball’s location was at the time in question and all because of technology.
Let’s get started, shall we? Here are some intriguing ways technology will embed itself into the future of sports.
Imagine for a moment the following scenario: You are watching your favorite pro athlete on TV. Whether that be Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, or Patrick Mahomes. While you are watching the game, you click open a stats app and point your phone at the TV in front of you.
What if your favorite player’s stats would populate to your phone in real-time just by pointing your phone at the TV? Pretty cool, right?
Live sports betting can also take center stage. Instead of waiting for the next timeout or quarter switch, lines can be adjusted instantaneously and within the game’s flow. Additionally, 5G can handle a larger bandwidth, making it much easier to get a signal while you’re at the event live.
Want to sit in the stadium and put $50 down that the next goal scored will be off the foot of a Manchester player instead of Liverpool? With 5G, it’s all possible.
Health and Injury Protection
It’s currently possible for professional sports players to wear devices during practices or games that track physical performance, physiological status, biochemical composition, and mental alertness.
In turn, it allows the team or club’s trainers and physicians to mitigate injury by monitoring these metrics in real-time. This technology can quite literally prevent injuries from occurring and give coaching staffs actionable advice on how and when to play specific players. It can also give players advice on how to train in order to perform better.
It’s predicted that in time, wearable technology can give insights that can save an athlete’s life on the field, court, or pitch when implemented correctly.
In the Stadium
Going to the game, match, or event is an experience all of its own. Crowds go nuts every time a team or player scores. There’s a sense of unity, camaraderie, and community. People from all ways of life, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups can come together and scream their heads off for the home (or away) team. There’s nothing quite like it.
One of the biggest problems? Getting stuck with bad seats and having to bring your binoculars (or a telescope, even) along to the game just to see what’s happening.
With advancements in Megatron’s and gigantic TVs, stadiums could soon introduce a complete, 360-degree screen hovering above the field. Sit back in your chair in the worst seats possible and watch the TV with tens of thousands of your fellow supporters.
Bring your virtual reality headset from home and connect it to the stadium’s new and improved 5G WiFi network and get that giant TV’s picture right in front of your eyes. Grab a beer and some nachos and let technology take care of the rest.
The Future of Sport
Generally, sports use analytics to identify the potential of all athletes. In the future, this could be done with young athletes before puberty. It could identify children who have the highest potential who could then be steered towards elite programs.
Racing pundits suggest that Formula 1 will adopt future electric car technologies that allow for more powerful and efficient engines. There also little doubt that eSports will continue to gain popularity – a form of sport competition where video gamers battle it head to head to be victorious.
Of course, some things that have been suggested are more speculative than others, but all show the extent to which technology will influence the world of regular sport and eSport over the decades to come.
The sports authorities’ challenge is to maintain a balance between elite performance and the amateur game and its unpredictability that makes the sport so compelling.