Wearable technology is becoming increasingly useful in everyday life. It can be used to achieve higher levels of fitness, organise schedules, monitor sleep patterns, and so much more. With the European Championship about to take place this summer, is there any way in which wearable tech can be used to enhance the tournament?
With the Euros being a sporting event, it would make sense to examine which items of wearable tech aim to enrich the wearer’s sporting activities. There are plenty of fitness trackers now on the market that allow the wearer to monitor a number of different aspects of their fitness. The Garmin Vivosmart HR has a pedometer, a heart-rate monitor, and a barometer. This is far more advanced than the more commonly known Fitbit, because it has a display that tells the wearer all the information they need to know.
Items like the Vivosmart and the Fitbit are excellent ways to improve your health, because they track all the vital statistics that you need to know and build upon. When a tournament like the Euros comes around, a lot of people like to kick start a fitness routine, as they see the athletes in action and desire to be like them. Football players have rigorous training schedules, and using technology like this could make the difference between going all the way to the finals or missing out.
Leicester City won the Premier League title, and this push was helped by having the fewest injuries of any team in the league. They used a piece of wearable technology called the OptimEye S5 by Catapult Sport, and the data collected gave the club crucial information about when to rest and rotate players based on their levels of fitness. Jamie Vardy is one of the players who clearly benefited from this technology by going on an incredible run of form and, with England at 17/2 at the time of writing in the latest Euro 2016 betting odds, many are thinking his goal spree will continue.
There are certainly other ways in which advanced wearable technology could be used to improve a tournament like the Euros even more. In the future, the television broadcasters may be able to bring viewers even closer to the action, by using a small video camera that clips onto the boot or shirt. Seeing replays from the players’ perspective and the origin of the shot would be highly impressive. And how about using tech to assist with referees’ decision making? If referees had the option to quickly review a tackle that their piece of tech had recorded, it could reduce the number of cards given out to wrong players, and help penalise players who may have got away with rash challenges in the past.
As technology progresses rapidly and more useful items flood the market, it seems fair to assume that sports will take full advantage. In the future, pivotal sporting decisions could be made on the report from a smartwatch. But for now, enjoy the Euros with the tech that is available.