No pain, no gain. At least that used to be the adage associated with professional sports. While athletes of the past were worshiped for their ability to play through painful injuries, new technology might mean they no longer have to suck it up and play.
Sports medical technology is a rapidly expanding field aiming to prevent injuries and promote quick recovery. Top teams around the world have already implemented these revolutionary technologies and noticed considerable improvements. Professional athletes are being studied closer than ever before, which means fans’ favourite leagues will likely see major improvements in the next ten years.
While it may be awhile before the Average Joe has access to this incredible technology, it’s nonetheless intriguing to see how the top athletes in the world train.
It’s no surprise that the rapidly expanding realm of virtual reality would eventually cross over into sports – and now it officially has. STRIVR is a new virtual reality platform that utilizes immersive training techniques to improve reaction time, pattern recognition, and decision making.
Many high-performance athletes have begun to use this type of technology as an effective means of performance training. The technology emulates realistic training environments allowing athletes to practice regardless of location, weather, or physical limitations.
Because utilizing VR technology is less exhaustive for athletes, players can accelerate their training regimen. Performing more repetitions with less bodily strain allows athletes to learn faster than ever before.
While everyone knows listening to a good beat can make workouts better, the latest in headphone technology is about more than just music. Halo Sport is a revolutionary headset that stimulates the area of the brain responsible for muscle movement.
Stimulating this area of the brain puts it into a temporary state of hyper-learning where training can be better absorbed by the brain. This technology has been shown to improve strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory.
Top athletes from the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots attest to the mental and physical improvements they’ve witnessed while using the neurological training technology.
Athletes demand a lot from their bodies. Many compete multiple times a week, putting a lot of strain on their overworked muscles. Fortunately, cryotherapy has become an accessible recovery process that benefits entire body.
It’s simple, athletes stand in an extremely cold chamber, with temperatures as low as negative 240 degrees Fahrenheit for around three minutes. While it sounds painful (and it likely is), the extremely low temperatures trigger the nervous system into thinking the body is in trouble, which begins the healing process.
Injury Prevention Technology
Taking a look around any gym it’s likely there are a handful of people wearing fitness wearables. While professional athletes are often not allowed to wear something as obtrusive as a watch during competition, they have other ways to track their performance.
Integrating technology that collects biomechanics data into pre-existing equipment has become a big trend in sports medical technology. Helmets and mouthpieces fitted with technology that can measure brain injury and minimize concussions are becoming commonplace in high-impact sports. Event textile pressure sensors in socks can help predict a running injury before it happens.
The future of sports technology focuses on rapid recovery and injury prevention with the aim of allowing top athletes to perform better and more efficiently than ever before.
Kali Muir is an ambitious freelance writer with a BA in Communications. She was born in Canada but has since lived in Norway, Denmark, and England. Her work experience is as diverse as her past addresses, including roles in technical communication, corporate communication, marketing, and article writing. She has experience working in varied business sectors: Oil & Gas, Engineering & Technology, Clothing & Equipment Retail, and Creative Writing. Follow Kali’s professional and personal journey at www.kalimuir.com, or connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.