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4 Futuristic Technologies That Are Revolutionizing Pro Sports 0

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Dixie Somers

4 Futuristic Technologies That are Revolutionizing Pro SportsTechnology is part of everyday life now, whether it is the app you access on your smartphone to adjust your thermostat when you are not home or the Bluetooth you use for a business meeting while you are on the road. Professional sports are no exception when it comes to technology as these four innovative products demonstrate.

Blast Resistant Football Fields

A private company that makes automotive materials for the military has applied the technology used to protect soldiers to football fields. Viconic created a mat underlay that would go underneath turf on a professional football field that would help protect players from injury when their body violently hits the ground. The mat is only usable on artificial turf fields which cause the most injuries to players. In a demonstration, a weight the size of a human head was dropped on a patch of turf without the underlay, creating a loud, sickening thud. When the same weight was dropped on an area with the underlay, the sound was softer and seemed to be less brutal. The hope is that the mat will reduce the incidence of concussion and other injuries from players coming in contact with the hard turf field.

Virtual Reality

Many NFL and NCAA teams are using virtual reality to train players. Teams like the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Dartmouth and the University of Arkansas have turned to virtual reality as a training method. Systems include VR goggles, accessories and other applications, an industry that is expected to grow by 142 percent over the next few years. Quarterbacks can watch themselves in prerecorded drills and plays to get a better handle on their movement and footwork. Players are also able to break down the game films of opponents. After using virtual reality methods, Stanford’s starting quarterback, Kevin Hogan, increased his completion percentage from 63.8 percent to 76.3 percent. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Choose The Best Pitching Machine 1

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Lily Jolie

Best-Pitching-Machines-in-2017A pitching machine can be of great benefit to baseball players if used appropriately. This tool is designed to enable players to improve and enhance their hitting skills. The machines are also quite reliable for fielding practice as it helps players refine their accuracy skills when hitting the ball towards a particular target. Most baseball players find it overwhelming when strategizing on how to choose the best pitching machine. This is because these machines come in different variations and with different features. Here are a few tips to remember when choosing the best pitching machine:

Type of pitching machine 

Pitching machines come in different types depending on the level at which the machine of choice will be used. These levels include:

Youth pitching machines 

If you are a youthful baseball player preparing to take part in a league or competition, there are various options of pitching machines to settle for. Most importantly, the right machine for you is one that throws balls at fast speeds from 50mph and above. You also need to ensure that the machine of choice throws consistent strikes. In addition to this, you also need to ensure that you choose a portable pitching machine. This is because you may have to be wheeling the machine to and from the field during practice sessions. It is also necessary to ensure that the machine of choice is considerably light weight and effortlessly mobile.

Things you might be intested for choose a pitching machine:

http://baseballeagle.com/best-pitching-machine-for-youth-review/
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4 Ways Innovative Tech Companies Are Changing the Sports World 0

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Dixie Somers

tech-1It would be amazing to see the reactions of some of the great athletes of the past if they could witness what’s happening in their sports today. While the games may not have changed much, there are a range of technologies at work to support better performance, more safety, and an exhilarating experience for sports fans. Here are just some of the ways technology has changed sports in recent years.

1. Better Facilities

Sports arenas have been adapted to use new technologies in ways that benefit both fans and athletes. Athletes can get fairer judgements from umpires and officials thanks to instant replay and digital technology that can narrow down events to a single photo frame or micro-second from multiple angles. Stadiums and outfitted with audio systems and giant screens so fans don’t miss any of the action. Today, athletic leagues are making security a priority with improved traffic flows, automated lighting, and CCTV camera systems scanning the crowd.

2. Equipment and Safety

The design and materials of the equipment used in nearly every sport is also evolving. Tennis racquets and golf clubs are now made of graphite instead of wood or steel. From hockey pucks to volley balls, there are now strictly enforced standards. But analytics and computerized design software are generating constant innovations intended to produce better results and more control. Safety is another key design issue, especially in high-contact sports like football or hockey where a range of new helmet designs are appearing to minimize concussions. Read the rest of this entry →

How the Internet has Changed the World of Sports 0

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Christina Sommers

Internet-1Today, we have more access to the Internet where we can actually watch our favorite games. We even can place a bet on matches from anywhere – at the comfort of our home. Just like you are offered casino online free bonus when you take part in some casino games. There are lots of websites available today where you can enjoy all kinds of sports including the unpopular ones. The Internet has greatly revolutionised how everything is done today and below are few benefits that the Internet has brought into sports online. Read the rest of this entry →

Understanding the Sports Management Degree Program 9

Posted on April 03, 2017 by Daniel Bailey

sports-marketing1Many Americans are passionate about sports, and if you share this love of the sporting world, consider earning a degree in sports management. While plenty of people love watching and participating in sports, the sports management degree plan is relatively uncommon and many people are unaware of what sports managers really do. If you’re interested in learning more about earning a degree in sports management, it’s important to gain an understanding of the degree plan and career outlook.

What You’ll Do

If the title of sports manager sounds intriguing, it’s time to learn about what you can expect to do on a day-to-day basis in this type of position. As a sports manager, there are a wide variety of tasks that you can expect to be responsible for after you’ve completed your undergraduate degree. Depending upon where you work, you can expect to manage the roster of teammates on college or professional sports team, or you might take on a more clerical role and manage the office and marketing campaigns of a sports team.

Required Education

If you’d love to have a career in sports, it’s important to think about the education required to meet your goals. While the hiring standards are different between employers, most professional sports managers have a minimum education of an associate’s degree. If you’d like to boost your chances of landing your dream job, earn a sports management degree online from Adelphi.

What You’ll Gain From This Career

Before you officially decide to apply to start your sports management degree, you might be wondering what you’ll gain from a career in this field. For many sports fans, the number one reason to pursue this type of career is the ability to feel passionate about your work. If you’re able to work with a sports team, you’ll likely get to meet some of the players that you’ve always idolized and enjoyed watching. In addition to feeling passionate about your work, there are several other reasons to start taking classes to earn a degree in sports management. Read the rest of this entry →

5 Tech Items Changing the Way We Watch Sports 2

Posted on March 17, 2017 by John Harris

socialmedia-sportsWe’ve all seen and laughed at the commercial where the guy is pretending to pay attention to his girlfriend when he’s actually sneaking a peek at his phone to catch the game. For better or worse, this is a reality these days, as there is almost no way for you to miss watching a sporting event. Technology has not only made missing the big game impossible, but it’s also completely altered the way in which we watch our favorite sporting events. From social media and high def TV to tablets and even drones, read on for more info on five tech items that are changing the way we watch sports. What’s the over/under you’re going to love this? We’ll take the over!

1. Social Media

Remember when we thought social media was just a phase? We’ll give you a minute to LOL. Not only is this not a passing fad but it’s also quickly picking up speed in its reach and in its mediums. As with nearly everything in modern day life, this form of media has had a direct effect on the way we watch sports. From watching live events online and interacting with the actual players on Twitter to video highlights on Facebook and following the Instagram feeds of our favorite athletes, social media has made us all even bigger superfans. Head of Sports Broadcast Partnerships at Twitter Andrew Barge has even dubbed Twitter “the world’s largest digital sports bar.” Not only does social media give us access to the actual events, but it also gives us a way to chat about our favorite games/matches for days (or even months!) after they’ve happened. Fast food chain Wendy’s recently upped the madness ante on March Madness by offering an online sports bracket. This is a sports fan’s dream and social media only adds to the hype.

2. Drones

While drones used in an official capacity for sporting events are fairly strictly regulated, there are people using commercial drones to capture incredible footage. They were used in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to film skiing and snowboarding. According to this article on sUAS News, “Drones have also been used to film Formula One races, the X Games, the AMA Supercross Series, high school football practices, and extreme sports events such as surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding.” The NFL primarily uses CableCam systems, which is actually the case in point in favor of drones, as these cable-suspended camera systems are limited in the areas they can cover. While the future of drones used in an official capacity for sports coverage is uncertain due to FAA and other regulations, many are pushing for drone use due its ability to catch otherwise impossible angles. Read the rest of this entry →

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      In recognition of the start of football season, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is one of the original stars for the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

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