Athletes

How Technology Is Changing How Athletes Perform

Athletes are a business, and just like any business, performance and competition edge are top priorities for the health of the business. The modern athlete is a carefully crafted machine with the best technology at its disposal to improve the game and to gain a competitive edge over the competition. Training, preparation, health and hydration are all important factors for athlete performance, but technology brings an entirely different approach to the table.

 

CAD software

Computer-aided software is used to design sports equipment. The software system uses data and virtual environment simulation to design equipment that is lighter but more efficient and faster.

 

Prototype simulation

Science and engineering is used to create the ideal sports equipment design. Based on the data collection and performance expectations, a prototype is created. Prototypes are armed with technology that permits engineers and scientists to observe and evaluate the overall performance and efficiency of the prototype. Software permits designers to make small changes to improve the function and performance of the specific prototype. Once the prototype is perfected, it is produced and put into the hands of athletes.

 

Turf transformation

Technology has improved the very fields on which competitions are held. DOW Chemical Company created a specialized polyethylene resin acritical turf for field hockey. The turf is designed to minimize athlete injuries, improve speed on the field, maximize better ball control, and to provide stronger grip for athletes’ shoes. The goal of the turf is to improve the performance on the field and the overall experience for athletes and viewers.

 

Sensors

Some fighters are equipped with sensors on their bodies. The sensors collect data about kick execution, punch accuracy, and the impact of a move against a component. The sensors assist with training and judging competitions, as accuracy are important for scoring and injury prevention.

 

Microchipping

Bio-analytics uses microchips to monitor an athlete’s overall health during a game. A small device is worn by athletes and it tracks all movements. The small device delivers an abundance of information. The real-time data observes accelerations and decelerations, directions, movements and frequency of actions. The data permits teams to develop workout and training strategies based on the data collected. As a result, the athlete’s training targets the most affected areas during a competition. Doing so improves targeted training and performance, and it reduces injuries by accommodating training specifics around the athlete’s individual need.

 

Smart suits

Smart suits are different for each sport. Engineers have transformed track suits and swimsuits to make them more aerodynamic. Gymnasts use special suits to monitor alignment and movements. Mimi Cesar, for example, uses a vibrating suit that uses real-time data to monitor her floor routine. The sensors in the suit create an awareness of time and space, which helps the British gymnast determine where her body is and what she needs to do to execute the perfect move. The suit vibrates when she is out of alignment and when any part of her body is beyond its desired range of motion.

 

Men and women have adopted many different forms of technology to improve performance. Technology simplifies training and creates a new awareness of the athlete.

Managed Services

Five Ways Managed Services Can Improve Your Business

Outsourcing your company’s IT service solutions is an effective way to cut costs and maximize efficiency. The term ‘outsourcing’ has earned a bad rap in the industry, but for business professionals, outsourcing offers a myriad of benefits. Small, mid-size and large businesses can all operate with the same resources as massive corporate operations, without the overhead. If you are ready to unburden your business from the weight of IT systems, discover the five ways managed services can improve the overall health of your business.

 

  1. Managed services are tailor-made for your business

Managed services professionals design a system that works for your company, not a one-size-fits-all approach. Managed services evaluate your current system, identify your goals, get to know your business as a whole, evaluate possible security concerns, and work with you to devise the most effective IT strategy for maximum operation, growth, and future developments. A panoply of managed services are at your disposal, but you pay for only what you need.

 

  1. Resources are refocused on business growth

In-house IT solutions are expensive. Large companies spend thousands, even millions, of dollars on housing, training, benefits, retirements, energy use, software and maintenance. SMBs don’t have that kind of revenue, but they don’t have the expertise to handle day-to-day IT services or emergencies. Managed services is an affordable, reliable, and dependable solution. Companies that utilize managed services can refocus company revenue on resources that permit growth, such as hiring, marketing, and customer relations.

 

  1. Efficiency improves

When your business’s services are up and running and working at top speed, employees can work at their full potential. Downtime and slow systems can cost your company and its employees more than sanity; downtime can cost you money as well. If you want your company to stay ahead of the competition, your business needs to be delivering the best product all the time, and a slow or down system can result in poor company morale and a damaged public image. When employees, partners and clients can all work together cohesively, collaboration and communication soar, resulting in a boost in revenue and public trust.

 

  1. Maintenance and protection are top priority

Don’t wait until it’s broken to fix it. Companies need an effective and comprehensive system for monitoring, maintenance, and protection. Being proactive prevents major disasters, identifies security threats and gaps, and takes steps to resolve issued before they turn into larger, expensive problems that cost companies a lot of money and consumer confidence. Managed services does it all behind the scenes, identifying needs and gaps and taking steps to improve the health of the company.

 

  1. Costs are predictable

As a business owner you know unexpected costs can really hit your budget in the sweet spot. Where IT services are concerned, unplanned IT hiccups, security intrusions and breakdowns can cost your company a fortune. Pay-as-it-breaks solutions cost considerably more than predictable monthly fees, which include monitoring, prevention, maintenance, and updating to prevent emergencies from occurring.