As different technologies find ground in different sports pitches,we introduce to you sports technology and share insights on performance technology.
With an increased focus on winning,high performance coaches and sportsmen are relying more and more on technology to position themselves ahead of the competition.
This has led to the evolution and growth of a new specialism within high performance sport known as performance technology.This application of technology to training and competition provides coaches and sportsmen with detailed visual and statiscal feedback about themselves and their opponents.Performace technology provides information that is timely, accurate,factual and in a format that is easily understood.It provides an extra eye for an experienced coach .
Performance technology refers to technologies designed to improve sports skill acquisition.It is the knowledge and use of tools for the analysis of sports man performance , from fields such as video technology,instructional technology,biomechanics, sports man development, sports man motivation, sports man feedback, strength,conditioning and injury management.
Sports technology incorporates hardware,software, their integration and the training of individuals in the use of the technologies.The educational aspect of performance technology includes the development of applied learning materials and instructional programs for sports men and coaches.
Technology capacity, sequencing and pitfalls
Instead of inventing new technology,it may be possible to use technology that has already been developed.For example,a coach could use global positioning systems (GPS),invented for other purposes and use them to track the position and velocity of Alpine downhill skiers as they train .
Beware, however that technology can be a distraction from the necessary hard work of training.It can waste time and money and give false confidence that the technology is an effective and necessary tool ,it can provide false conclusions.
There are also cost consideration, including purchasing and servicing the technology, employing an experienced operator to use it in training or competition situations at home or abroad,and the cost and time required to train technology operators.
It is critical that the technology specialist work closely with the sport organization in order to ensure that they understand the sport and the sport man ‘s needs.
What should be considered in performance technology
Education and training of technology specialists and coaches in training environments and at competitions.
Effective integration of the technology within the training environment.
Creation of storage systems, possibly accessed via the Internet,to share the collected data in a controlled way.
The possible need to develop or modify software or equipment to create the necessary tools.
Establishment of research projects to invent useful new technologies.
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