Technology Today…

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Technology lets us Work Harder & Play Harder, too!

This week, the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are ongoing and your host hopes Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will find a way to pull it out.

Inspired by this rematch between basketball’s two most storied franchises, we’ll talk about Technology in Sports on this Thursday’s episode at 4PM Eastern. We’ll discuss how technology has greatly improved the quality of sports equipment, from shoes to golf clubs to pads. Some equipment is similar to NASA technology. Technology has changed how athletes prepare to play, such as through improved workout regiments targeted to develop muscle groups for specific on-field activities, and crafting focuses diet regiments as well.

Coaching has changed as well. Through video analysis techniques, coaches can dissect specific weaknesses and tendencies in their players and their opponents. Coaches can also track their opposing coach’s play calling habits quickly analyzing a coach’s entire play calling history.

Now, focusing strategy for a specific opponent and for a specific in-game situation is not just desirable, but very doable.

Technologies, such as video analysis capabilities and trend analysis tools allow coaches to focus strategy on opponents tendencies and weaknesses.

Consumers are not left out in this technology revolution. We can now watch a lot more sports on TV than before – and with DVRs we can watch events when we want regardless of when or where in the world they are played. We can watch sports on our televisions, computers, and even smart phones. A bigger change is that we can consume sports not by tracking teams but tracking the players of our choosing individually and establish ‘fantasy’ teams to compete with our friends. We’re able to turn a contest between the players on teams very much into a contest amongst and between the fans.

Sadly, we can’t talk about technology in sports without also touching on bio-tech in sports. Steroids, human growth hormone (HGH) and a variety of other drugs as well as the outfits like BALCO that develop and supply the drugs have changed competitive sports, perhaps forever.

Tim Harvin, a recognized expert in physical fitness who has developed customized training routines for athletes, weekend warriors and the casual gym-goer, will join us this week and help us look into the technological advances inspired by sports.

We will also take your calls at 866-472-5790, as well as your e-mails at agupta@technologytodayradio.com, tweets on Twitter at /techtodayradio, or posts on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/agupta20854 & also on our Fan site.

Join us!

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June 8, 2010 - Posted by | Episode Descriptions

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