How has technology impacted sports?

It is evident that technological advancements have affected every aspect of the modern world, and as a direct result, society has opted to adapt to the current technology. However, how have sports adapted to the usage of technology?

Athletics embrace the constant technological advances that try every day to improve our way of practicing them. Modern technology has been adequately used in sports at a competitive and recreational level to strengthen some of its aspects. Technology naturally seeks to improve essential qualities in the athletics industry: precision in the official registration of marks, athlete performance, successful recovery from injuries, sports materials, etc. Concerning the topic regarding the adaption of technology into the sports world, Mr. Ethridge, the AP Computer Science teacher, comments, “It is inevitable to adapt to technology in the present. Society has to adapt to the most current technology in order to progress. This, of course, involves the sports field.”

The technological advances related to trademark registration are more than striking. It is undoubtedly intended to achieve the most possible accuracy, to refine to the thousandth of a second to such an extent that we can correctly differentiate when the athlete has won a swimming race, although apparently, three have arrived simultaneously. Innovative technology is to blame for this. Another notable example of where technology can be seen typically applied in the modern world of sports is the famous “Hawk’s Eye.” This not only supports people to distinguish the ultimate winner of any race carefully, but it has also been adapted to tennis to see when a ball goes out, or in soccer when the ball completely enters the goal. 

Additionally, clothing is another element of the field of athletics that has been significantly positively affected by innovative technology. Without a doubt, synthetic fabrics’ practical use has been one of the greatest sports technology advances. This has allowed people to create garments that are lighter, more adaptable, more breathable, and even offer humidity or temperature control for the athlete. The use of resistant materials, plastics, and/or special gels to manufacture footwear has also allowed athletes to choose to maximize their performance by looking for the shoe that best suits them. When talking about sports equipment, modern technology is present in it. From soccer balls to badminton shuttlecocks, surfing boards, or even Formula 1 racing cars, everything is subject to continuous improvement; everything is constantly being modified in an extensive search of more extraordinary efficiency in its practical use. Another aspect where technology has affected artifacts used in sports is in goalkeepers’ gloves. Regarding the evolution of gloves, Andres Cotter, a senior and the starting goalkeeper on the boy’s soccer team,  comments, “Every year I change gloves, and the main reason is that the gloves improve in their technology and design. I have used  from the most basic gloves to the most modern ones during my life, and I can say that there is a huge difference when putting them in use.”

As a matter of fact, it can be demonstrated that adapting to technology is not something that society should be scared of. It can be seen that the athletics world is adapting and each year, as the technology is improving, the performances of athletes in their respective sports is improving as well.

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