As an athlete, have you ever been in extreme anger and anguish while being out because of injury? Over the past two decades, technology has been a very beneficial factor in today’s society. Although there are several individuals who lean towards the statement that technology is making individuals lazy and unknowledgeable. The truth of the matter is, in terms of medicine and rehabilitation, technology has done nothing but improve and further enhance the medical field. Being prone for injury, an athlete can now get back on the field in record time due to technology. Doctors and Sports Trainers are now able to diagnose and know how to treat the injury in a matter of hours or in some cases, minutes. The modern era of athletes have now been able to further improve their career through the help of technology.
“Dad [my coach] let me go back in please!” Crying to my coach, which just happened to be my father, is perhaps something most athletes have been through. Crying in anger, frustration, and pain due to the intensity of the game was the reason to leading me to one of my most horrific injuries. A broken ankle is something I was looking to ignore in order to get back in the game and help my team in whichever way I could. However, my dad had other plans for me and decided it was best for me to sit out the rest of the season. An athlete’s worst fear is to be opted out because of an injury. “Sports-related injuries accounted for more than one fifth of the visits by persons 5 to 24 years old.” 68% of the 3.7 million individuals going for a doctor’s visit are between the ages of 5 and 24 (“Emergency Visits…”).
Inclusive of the sports world, technology has improved the environment in which athletes play in. Stadiums have never been more advanced in terms of “intelligent systems and sports facilities, communication systems for event management, ticket access control system, contest information systems, television systems, Command and Control System” (“The Research…”). As well as stadium and facility advancements, in-field play has greatly benefited from technology, whether it be to aid the athlete, gameplay, or crowd enjoyment. Most of this technology can now help athletes improve in a number of ways. Aspects such as image analysis, computer-aided training and training systems. An athlete can now have a viewer’s eye of him/her. Having the viewer’s eye helps the athlete see from a different perspective and can now work on enhancing their work ethic. The errors or mistakes an athlete makes during game day can not always be noticeable by the athlete during play. Getting a different perspective through the help of technology now helps the athlete analyze their performance. Thus fixing any and all mistakes the athlete notices off the field. This is one of several examples of how technology not only improves the environment in which they play but it helps their performance in order to revamp their performance.
All sorts of athletes have benefited from technology in some sort of manner. Paralympic sports could not have been possible without the latest advancements in technology. “Several unique technological modifications have been made in prosthetic and wheelchair devices” (Burkett). Technology in sports made sure to include everyone even create new jobs. For example, VAR in the soccer world stands for Video Assistant Referee has recently been introduced. VAR was something introduced by FIFA with the purpose to catch any and all mistakes the human referees may make. Invalid goals, dangerous plays that may hurt a player, penalty decisions and mistaken identities that may be made in order for the game to be properly called (“Video Assistant…”). This VAR system is meant to monitor the game closely in order to catch unseen mistakes. Just like any other machine, someone has to be monitoring the machine in order to see if the system is working properly. Not only in the soccer world has VAR had an impact on, but sports such as football, basketball and tennis have had their fair share of technology aid.
Technology may not always have beneficial aspects. For example, in the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr expressed the mixed emotions of google. He explained how he cannot even read through two paragraphs because of the habit of skimming through texts behind the screen. Aswell as explaining the cons of google and its outrageous capacities, he describes how the habits created by behind the screen interaction of being lazy (Carr). In the sports world, technology takes away a lot of the love athletes have for the sport. Man made errors are what make the sports world so great. When technology starts to get involved, a lot of the passion, deficiency and the man made errors that make the sport take its natural course. In other words, errors are part of the game, and are what make sports the most beautiful thing in the world.
Technology has turned into an evolutionary point in sports. Not only in the field but more importantly off the field. Most athletes agree that they would be lost without sports. Technology gave hope to a lot of these individuals by creating them into elite athletes. The upcoming of athletes does not come easy. Technology sure does play a significant role. Being able to be
diagnosed almost in an instant helps with the duration of the healing process when being injured. As most injuries come via sports, one can expect athletes to be prone. An athlete’s world is without a doubt one of the biggest roller coasters an individual can go through. Fighting against injuries is perhaps the biggest effort I had to push myself through. I am more than positive every athlete out there has gone through a similar if not the same situation. Technology has helped this hell of a roller coaster move at an ease in a sense that we (the athletes) were able to quickly rebound and get back to work.
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“Emergency Visits for Sports-Related Injuries.” Annals of Emergency Medicine, Mosby, 23 Apr. 2003,www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0196064401811161. Accessed 7 August 2019
“The Research on Application of Information Technology in Sports Stadiums.” Physics Procedia, Elsevier, 27 Dec. 2011, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1875389211007474. Accessed 7 August 2019
“Video Assistant Referees (VAR).” Football Technology, www.football-technology.fifa.com/en/media-tiles/video-assistant-referee-var/. Accessed 7 August 2019