Portable technology is an important part of his training program. When he plays basketball, tennis, runs marathons or competes in wheelchair racing, he wears a smart watch. In the pool, Lucio wears FORM Smart Swim Goggles.
Worn as normal swimming goggles, Smart Swim Goggles have an augmented reality heads-up display that allows you to track your progress while swimming so you can know your speed, distance and biometric data like heart rate.
“Technology like the smart glasses really helps track my times, my measurements and helps me move forward in my training,” says Lucio. “The glasses really help me pursue my paratrial athlete goals.”
Athletes are increasingly using portable technology to push the boundaries of human capabilities. These devices are designed to provide an objective way of recording physical performance, making professional sports a manageable science.
“The potential for achievement with this new technology is amazing,” says Lucio. “If you can track your performance down to the millisecond, understand and correct your form, there is no excuse for not pushing yourself.”
He believes that professional athletes will be able to achieve new levels of performance using wearables. “Records will be broken using this technology,” Lucio told CNN. “I think you’ll see boundaries being pushed and you’ll see a lot less damage.”
To keep the world’s best athletes on the field
Portable technology is not only used to increase individual performance. Catapult One allows coaches to monitor players’ performance and health on their teams by using a smart vest, monitoring pad and associated app to reduce the risk of injury.
The company says the technology is used by many teams in the English Premier League and all NFL teams in the United States.
“With wearables, this data is now really at the micro level of what’s happening,” said Will Lopes, CEO of Catapult Sports. “What it does is really compare what’s physiologically happening on the inside of an athlete.”
For coaches, this can mean the difference between understanding a player’s physical boundaries and pushing them beyond them and risking injury.
“Fatigue is a good example,” he adds. “You really want to have objective data points to understand, ‘have I overtrained an athlete?’
“The fact that you have big stars like Tom Brady and Neymar playing much longer in their careers than they would have done just 20, 30 years ago is, in fact, because the science program allows them to really stay in the field longer, be healthier longer. “
The future of sports is smart
Simon Barbour is an expert in sports performance analysis at Loughborough University in the UK. “Portable technology in sports can provide a non-invasive form of data collection and an accurate depiction of what happens in a game or event,” he says. “Basically, you’re able to capture multiple datasets without directly interfering with the athlete’s performance.”
“In terms of the extent of the use of portable technology, every elite athlete and sports team uses portable technology because it can be the difference between winning and losing,” adds Barbour.
Among the most exciting innovations in the field is the TESLASUIT (which is not associated with the car manufacturer) – a smart jumpsuit for the whole body that captures both movement and biometrics and provides haptic feedback to the wearer. For example, if it detects that a boxer is swinging punches with a bad technique, it will deliver an electrical pulse to tell them so.
Las Vegas-based Australian professional boxer Ben Stanoff, 26, tried it and believes that portable technology like TESLASUIT could offer boxers a crucial advantage in their training to bring them to master level.
Athletes can play training sessions where they wore the suit, and the addition of a VR headset creates an immersive environment to review the techniques from the session.
“You can only train that much – but wearing this suit you can go home and then repeat the whole training session again in your mind, watch it on a screen, but with the virtual reality, and it will just make all the difference,” says Stanoff. “I think that’s the future of training.”
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