Sports has always been a great unifier across many countries and culture ever since civilization began. Before technology started dominating the entertainment culture, sports along with stage plays and musical concerts have lifted people’s boredom and offered them a small reprieve from the mundanity of life.
Throughout history, sports have evolved along with humanity. The 20th century saw the rise of favorite sports like basketball, baseball, and modern football that never have existed in the past. With all the new technology becoming more and more influential in how people live their lives, one can’t help but wonder if it will affect people’s understanding and appreciation of sports.
What we’re seeing now is the rise of technology and its steady permeation into the lives of ordinary people. It wasn’t long ago that only the rich and powerful had access to the latest technology. But advancements in manufacturing coupled with high demand paved the way for the latest tech to be more readily available. Never has this been more apparent in sports.
Athletes are always looking for ways to improve their performance, whether it is through rigorous training or through the equipment they use. Wearables have been one of the hottest trends in recent years. Tech companies are creating gadgets that people can wear capable of monitoring their activities. They can measure heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, amount of calories burned among other things.
Both professional and amateur athletes have made great use of this technology to better monitor how they perform in their training. Such data is valuable in creating a very customized training routine and dietary plan to push the athlete’s limit and achieve their full potential.
Not only are the athletes benefiting from tech but the fans as well. There are research and experiments to use VR to disrupt the sports viewing habits of audiences and let them in on the action. Through the use of a small, helmet-mounted camera, fans are able to experience first-hand accounts of athletes while they’re playing in the field. No longer will fans be confined in the stands; technology will take them right in the middle of the action.
Speaking of fan benefits, we need not look further to see that technology has already changed how people watch sporting events. It used to be that fans rely on radio and TV broadcasts to catch a sporting event. They either need to subscribe to a cable network or tune it at a public access channel at a specific time to watch it. We’re seeing more and more fans, especially the younger ones, move away from this notion of sports appreciation and shift to live stream. Just like movies and TV shows, sports fans can watch their favorite games on their phones or computer at their convenience.
We are only seeing the beginning. As technology progresses, we will soon get accustomed to never-before-seen sports technology. In time, our ideas about sports and sports viewing will slowly begin to change. Into what? Only time will tell. For now, I’m just going to enjoy 먹튀폴리스(Muktopolis).