If you are an athlete, chances are you’ve been injured at some point. If you haven’t, then it is going to happen sooner or later. It happens to all of us when we are pushing our bodies to the limits in order to try and win that game or improve on that PB.
The best way to avoid injury is by preventing it before it has happened. Even 20 years ago, what you could do in that regard was limited to warming up correctly, good preparation and diet and not a lot else.
Technology has changed at all. Here are three ways in which technology can help avoid sports injuries.Video analysis can spot potential problems
Nacsport’s video analysis products
can play a huge role in the prevention of future injuries. When coaches can watch back their players techniques in either training or competitive scenarios, they can easily spot bad behaviour that may lead to problems down the line.
This can be effective in virtually any sport, from the golfer who’s swing is putting too much stress on their shoulder to the runner whose technique is likely to cause problems for their knees and shins down the line.
By catching techniques that are causing unnecessary stress and strain to the body, a training programme can be devised to correct these bad habits and limit the chances of a sportsperson picking up an injury from them. It can even lead to improved performance, too.Technology can help to strengthen muscles and bones
One way to prevent injury is by strengthening our muscles and bones so that they can cope with the demands placed on them with less risk of damage. Innovative design can play a huge role in this and switch attention away from the traditional methods of relentless gym work.
Take lower back injuries for example. The lower back is an area that virtually every sport or physical activity will take a toll on. A device such as an inversion table strengthens and stretches the spine by hanging a person upside down, helping to both reduce the risks and eliminate the chances of suffering lower back pain. Have a look at
for how an inversion table can help with back problems.Wearable monitors can work out when rest is required
The most basic wearable monitors are everywhere in everyday life now – there are
25 million active users of Fitbit
out there for example. Of course, in the world of sports we want to know more than how many steps a person has taken each day.
Wearable monitors can report back on an athletes distance covered, heart rate and most importantly give an indication of when they are entering “the red zone.” The red zone is a term we hear most predominantly in football but which can be applied to most sports and denotes when a sportsperson is approaching their absolute limit in terms of exhaustion. With wearable monitors able to relay this information back, it can help coaches know when to rest a player in order to prevent injury.