How is Advanced Technology Changing Sports Medicine?
Preventing injuries in sports is nearly impossible. For instance, players in baseball and soccer games are prone to muscle twists. These injuries can take place due to several reasons. S Fans and athletes see injuries as causes that can that finish off their careers. The reason several athletes spend millions to keep their bodies in the right shape and condition is to tackle the injuries.
Today, technology is getting advanced at a much higher pace and is helping several sectors in providing better solutions, including sports medicine. Sports teams have started adopting emerging technologies and methods to reduce injury causes and improve recovery rates.
To get a better understanding of sports medicine, let’s discuss in-depth how advanced technology is changing the sports medicine sector.
Introduction to Sports Medicine
Sports medicine, also called sports exercise medicine (SEM), refers to a type of medicine that is used for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. The main focus of sports medicine is to provide help to the athletes in playing sports effectively and safely for achieving their special training goals and achievements.
Sports medicine experts help in treating several physical conditions such as strains, fractures, dislocation, and sprains. They also help in treating several chronic injuries such as degenerative diseases, overtraining syndrome, and tendonitis.
A team of sports medicine may involve several non-medical and medical experts such as surgeons, sports psychologists, athletic trainers, nutritionists, personal trainers, and coaches.
Role of Technology in Sports Medicine
The rising adoption of advanced technologies in the sports industry has helped experts in several ways to overcome the challenges and reduce the chances of sports injuries.
For example, the in vitro diagnostic is an emerging technology that is helping healthcare experts in providing quick support to athletes in diagnosing any infectious disease or even for drug testing.
As per the BIS Research, the global In vitro diagnostics market is one of the rapidly growing market in the sport medicine sector and is supposed to touch a market value of $113.86 billion by 2030, with a growing rate of 5.06% during 2020–2030.
The market is growing due to certain factors, such as the rise in the adoption rate of rapid, non-invasive, and minimally invasive techniques and diagnostics tools.
Techniques in sports medicine help sportspersons less prone to sports injuries in several ways, as mentioned here:
- Collecting Information through Sensors and Global Positioning System (GPS)
Using sensors on the body or using smart clothing (activewear attached with sensors), sports trainers can easily track and measure the performance of the person in real-time. They can help in measuring everything about the sportsperson, from heart rate and breathing to temperature and hydration.
These sensors can help in determining the areas a sportsperson needs to focus on more. During the sports training times, trainers can get the required information and decide the accurate time to train, stretch, or rest.
Also, GPS technology has been integrated into several types of sectors, including the sports sector. Instead of depending on splits and times, sports trainers use GPS technology for getting the accurate distance, position, velocity, and acceleration of the sportsperson to understand better the areas of improvement.
- Using Digital Platforms for Enhanced Communications
Applications like YouTube are helping in great ways in enhancing communication during sports training. Several types of workout-related videos can be found and shared by anyone through YouTube.
Trainers and athletes can also share or watch the required videos during their practice sessions to get a better understanding. Moreover, communication has been much more enhanced by several other applications such as digital health and My Fitness Pal. Trainers can have the option of checking the athlete’s diet through My Fitness Pal and help them to be on the right track.
- Eliminating Injuries
Advanced technology is helping differently to prevent the chance of getting injuries and allowing experts to identify them earliest. Tracking performance and engaging communication are not only seen as benefits but also as a way of creating injury-prone environments. Training management software can help trainers and coaches in monitoring every element of training, such as sleep, diet, and energy.
In the age of virtual home assistants and autonomous cars, it is no surprise that the healthcare sector is witnessing such high technological advancements and making the lives of patients much safer. In the future, advanced technologies such as AI can play a great role in changing the sports medicine industry.
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