How Technology Can Improve Your Sporting Skills

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These days, sports are quite a bit different from how they used to be. That doesn’t (necessarily) mean they’re different in terms of how they’re played (although some changes have definitely come about), but they’re different in terms of the technology you can use to enhance your own skills and your enjoyment of the game or sport you’re playing. It’s an interesting thought because a lot of the time, you wouldn’t put sport and tech together - they might even be seen as complete opposites. However, we’ll show you some ways they can go together to help you become better. Read on to find out more. 

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Wearable Fitness Trackers 

Wearable fitness trackers really have made things very different when it comes to how you play your sports and what you can get out of them. These gadgets, often worn like watches (with time-telling capabilities as well in a lot of cases), can track your heart rate, how many calories you’ve burned, steps you’ve taken, and even your sleep patterns. 

All of this data can help you make your training regime better so that it helps you more and gets you more in shape to play sports - you’ll be able to see what work you still need to do, and you can make sure that any exercise or warm ups you do are actually doing some good. 

Video Analysis Software

Have you ever played a game or taken part in any kind of sport or exercise and wished you could see what you did from a different perspective? Or maybe you know you made a mistake and you’d like to see what actually happened. It could be the opposite; you might have done something great, and you’d love to know what you did so you can replicate it. 

This wouldn’t have been possible in the past, and even if your game or performance had been videoed, you might not have been able to see enough detail for it to make a difference. However, video analysis software means that you can now scrutinize your every move. Whether you’re a golfer and you want to see how your new premium golf set has improved your swing, a runner perfecting your form, or you desperately need to know how you let that goal in when you were sure you were going to save it, this software can give you some valuable insights and you’ll be able to improve your sport because of them. 

Virtual Reality Training 

Virtual reality has really brought a new dimension to sports training, and athletes can now completely immerse themselves in stunningly realistic scenarios, which means their training becomes even better. This leads to better decision-making, more spatial awareness, faster reaction times, and so on, and these can all be used in real life once they’ve been learned through VR. 

Although VR training is something everyone can use, it’s particularly useful when it comes to team sports. If the team can’t all get together, using VR means they can still all practice together, giving them an advantage they wouldn't normally have had by the time they get to their match or game. 

Smart Sports Equipment 

Everything seems to be smart these days, from houses to cars, but did you know you can get smart sports equipment as well? From tennis rackets to basketballs, smart sports equipment comes with sensors that collect data in your performance. These devices can measure all sorts of things, including shot accuracy, speed, ball spin, and how much force you exert on impact - as well as much more. 

Looking at this data will give you so much information about how you currently play your sport, and it will give you some great ideas about where your strengths and weaknesses lie, ensuring you’re able to build where you need to and focus on areas you’re not so great at to become more well-rounded. 

Sports-Specific GPS Devices 

As the name suggests, you can choose a specific GPS device for your particular sport, whether it’s running, cycling, golf, or anything else. These are similar to other devices we’ve mentioned on this list, but because these are sport-specific, they’ll give you even more data that you can personally put to good use. 

Information you can get from these GPS devices includes tracking your route, seeing your pace, looking at elevation changes, and more. With this much information, it becomes a lot easier to analyze your performance and come up with some useful ways to improve what you’re currently doing. 

Nutrition Tracking Apps 

If you want to be good at sports (and healthy in general), looking at your diet and making positive changes is crucial. Of course, it’s not always easy to know what those changes should be, and sometimes you might be doing more harm than good when you’re trying to get fitter. 

That’s why nutrition tracking apps can be such a useful tool. They can give you plenty of information about your daily calorie intake, the type of food you’re eating, how much food is ideal (and when you’ve had too much or too little each day), and so on. They can also give you information about meal planning and hydration, and some can plan the meals for you, so all you have to do is buy the food and cook the dishes. 

Injury Prevention Tools 

No one wants a sporting injury - it doesn’t just hurt, but it also means you’ll be out of action for potentially quite some time, meaning you can’t keep training, and there’s always a risk you’ll forget some of your important skills or lose some of your abilities, especially if you’re injured very badly. 

This is why a lot of athletes invest in injury prevention tools. This includes things like wearable impact sensors and motion analysis software that can spot when there is an injury risk and alert you. If you’re made aware of the problem, it’s likely you can do something about it before you actually get hurt, and that could save a lot of problems in the long run. 


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