Growing innovation in Digital Sports Technology

Founded in 2013, the MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE, it is one of the world’s largest medical trade show. It provides a significant interdisciplinary exchange platform which brings together experts of internal sports medicine, sport techies and professional athletes, along with healthcare industries and sporting goods.

The recently held conference in Düsseldorf on November 21-22, draws attention to the contribution of AI and big data in widening the horizon of sports medicine. Experts allege, the innovation in digital sports technology is also supporting athletes in an advanced way.

Sports are extremely competitive, the difference of winning a championship can be affected by mere thousandths of seconds or a fraction of millimeter. The competition hence becomes even fiercer when the chance of winning and losing is determined by a slight millimeter.

In such a case, advanced technology promises athletes a way of gaining an upper hand. Advanced analytics and sophisticated data gathering systems are changing the face of sports in today’s digital age. It has also changed the way professionals, recruit, coach, play and even recover from injury.

Data plays a significant role in the development of sports. Previously metrics were recorded manually with a paper and a pen. In today’s digital age, they are processed and aggregated with the help of wearables, sensors and increasingly smart software. Big data also provides details with regards to sporting performance, which in return also helps athletes to smoothen their training regimes. Furthermore, professionals are monitoring levels of exertion and strain, thus preventing injury.

“In terms of performance enhancement, the sports technology market is now transitioning from a laboratory or clinic-based model to one where wearable technology is enabling far more interaction with the athlete at a remote level,” spoke Tim Clark, founder and President of San Francisco-based Scribe Labs.

Scribe Labs’ Runscribe is an advanced wearable which collects 3D running metrics, thus enabling athletes to record and analyze their running mechanics.

Within the realms of sports technology, sports analytics is growing rapidly. AI is one of attributed driving factors for this growth. With the help of AI and virtual assistants, sports sensors are able to process data which collects data in real-time and provides athletes will quick information and tips to maintain fitness and to continue training routines.