The performance of the athletes was aided by technology

Some of the most important athletic performances in 2021 took place privatelybut not out of the eyes of the sensors and cameras that adorn the wearables, smartphones and networked fitness equipment that are widespread in living rooms, garages, bedrooms and wherever there is space and willpower.

Brands and start-ups continued to flood the market and households with machines, devices, apps and clothing that not only helped fitness enthusiasts with the implementation practical, socialremovedT workouts though allowed them do this with feedback – whether through an AI coach, gamified competition, skeletal avatar, or data point.

The democratization of fitness and technology has expanded many areas, including better guidance for women athletes, more mental health support for youth and college athletes, sophisticated instructions for speed training and a more interactive experience on the bowling alleys.

Likewise noteworthy in SportTechies Coverage of athlete performance over the past year: cutting-edge genetic testing for injury prevention, NFL-led efforts to improve head health, and the remarkable performance of a competitive coach for an injury-free professional baseball season.

Here is a summary of that most interesting and important performance stories from athletes who SportTechie covered in 2021:

Steph Curry, who broke the all-time NBA record with 3 points here, is one of the elite athletes who have invested in Tonal.

* Networked home fitness

Lebron James joined Serena Williams, Stephen Curry and Drew Brees as an investor in Tonal. Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix, Andre De Grasse and Angelique Kerber all became peloton ambassadors. Colin Kaepernick is advisor and spokesman for Eggata. Dak Prescott and Dr. James Andrews invested in OxeFit. Aaron Rodgers invested in Hydropower. Shaquille O’Neal supports Maxpro.

Jay Z, Novak Djokovic and Odell Beckham Jr. Invest money in CLMBR. Jay Z has also partnered with Adrian Gonzalez to invest LIT method. John Tavares and Jordan Clarkson are among the leading faces of Lululemon, who owns Mirror. Slinger bag added Tommy Haas. Combat camp is funded by Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather.

Covid, of course, has accelerated consumer demand for connected fitness products, and brands have rushed to partner with star investors and ambassadors to lay claim to a rapidly crowded market. New companies like FlexIt, Krewe, Liteboxer and many more are increasing investment and starting to reach the masses.

Peloton is best known for its bicycle, but it has been Add gamified fitness programs and a strength training product while supposedly evolving a portable one Heart rate monitor. Published tonally Live workouts With Real-time data feedback. The affiliated coaching company continues to help users train with the right technique Asenseithat was published (App)arel and (App)ertursmart clothing and computer vision technologies that power its AI coaching engine. These are just a few examples of the new features arriving in a category that is likely to get even more attention over the winter months with the new Omicron variant floating around.

* All you need is a smartphone

mustard and ProPlayAI offer baseball biomechanics analysis from a smartphone. SportsBox AI can do that now for golf. SwingVision offers a wide range of tennis ball and player tracking data, as well as HomeCourt can do with basketball. Soccer apps like The perfect game for Chelsea FC and Kevin De Bruyne supported Balln analyze the training of the players, while Gloria and Tonsser help with scouting. Apps like Physimax can carry out injury screenings – all with the camera that is already in every pocket.

* Injury-free baseball season

The length of a professional baseball season makes it a wear and tear sport. Muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries are common, especially among pitchers. Yeset, among the fouryear-long management of performance coach Gary McCoy, Taiwan’s China Trust Brothers Her soft tissue injuries reduced from an average of 32 per year to zero in 2019.

*Injury Genetics

Some athletes always have more prone to injury than others, but now there is research showing genetics as the underlying condition that explains why. Stuart Kim, a former professor of genetics at Stanford, has identified specific genetic markers that indicate who is prone to certain types of injury – including stress fractures, cruciate ligament ruptures, and concussions – and started AxGen do such Tests made available to athletes.

* Women’s health

The differences in female physiology from that of men are more profound than most have assumed. What was once a neglected research area is now finally growing with companies that use wearables, biomarkers and data science – such as Orreco, Oura and Whoop– all emphasize this focus to help women exercise more efficiently and effectively.

*Mental health

Number 1 in mainstream sport this year was arguably athlete mental health, led by the resignations from tennis grand slams and the Tokyo Olympics by Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles, or. That has shined a spotlight on the need for better support at all levels of sport and two entrepreneurs –Ivan Tchatchouwo the zone and Annie Flaming Horse from InspireTek– are among those who have developed apps to help college and youth athletes.

* Speed ​​can be taught

Not everyone gets fast, but almost everyone can get faster. That is a key message behind the Universal speed rating, a ranking and training platform developed by the elite speed coach Les Spellman in collaboration with. was developed a number of other experts like French biomechanics professor JB Morin.

Speed ​​coach and innovator Les Spellman uses Universal Speed ​​Rating algorithms to guide his athletes through three stages of a sprint: the “Explosive Freak” part, the “Speed ​​Shift” part and the “Breakaway Speed” part.

Speed ​​coach and innovator Les Spellman uses Universal Speed ​​Rating algorithms to guide his athletes through three stages of a sprint: the “Explosive Freak” part, the “Speed ​​Shift” part and the “Breakaway Speed” part.

* NFL head health

Head health no longer regularly dominates NFL headlines like it used to, although Phillip Adams forensic CTE analysis is a harrowing reminder of how the sport affects some of the men who play it. Overall, the league has made strides to become safer – concussions are down 24% in the past three years compared to the previous three years – and more technology- and data-driven methods are in the works.

The NFL has expanded his mouthguard sensor program to collect more data on head impacts to inform future rule and equipment changes such as: B. the creation of the first position-specific helmet for linesmen. The league also has its last $ 3 million helmet challenge and continues to work with Amazon Web Services on a variety of health and safety measures, including creating a composite digital athlete to be used in tests.

Tiger's Tech was the Full Swing KIT Launch Monitor that accelerated its comeback after a car accident.

Tiger’s Tech was the Full Swing KIT Launch Monitor that accelerated its comeback after a car accident.

* Big names, big wins

Even the best athletes in the world recognize a bit of technologynology goes far. Tiger Woods, whose right leg was nearly amputated in a terrible car accident in February, blew up againF. Balls until December with the help of one Full Swing KIT Launch Monitor in which he has invested and then provided a blueprint for. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a sloppy first season in the NFL until relying on 3D motion capture, courtesy of Biometrek companyto bring his throwing mechanics to an MVP level. The University of Iowa, meanwhile, recruited a robot quarterback, also known as Monarcs “The seeker, ” which helped turn receiver / kick-returner Charlie Jones into the Big Ten premier Man back. Everyone is looking for an edge.

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