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Discuss the use of technology in both the training methods and training environment of elite athletes in global sport!

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Discuss the use of technology in both the training methods and training environment of elite athletes in global sport! Technology is used to help advance elite athletes, by achieving the maximum for the individuals needs. Both with the training methods and environments technology is being used more and more, for example simulated competition environments. Although such technology is becoming increasingly popular with elite athletes, the provision of it depends very much on how much money is at the athlete's disposal. This could be personal/family wealth or funding provided by a third party, such as lottery funding or government funding. There may be such cases where the athlete is part of a national team that train in a sporting institute where all the technology is provided for them and the sporting institute is funded governmentally. From what I gather this tends to be the case due to the fact that it is cheaper to concentrate expensive technology in a sporting institute, and open up the training facility to the governing bodies of each individual sport. ...read more.

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An example of this is using video recording and playback technology to record an athlete's performance so that it can be analysed during playback. This can be used to 'fine- tune' technique, or to work on the aesthetic sides of the aesthetic based sports. Particularly in aesthetic based sports video is used during media broadcasts to show the public 'snippets' of competitors in slow motion. The clips are normally of a particular specified element. More recently the judges in ice dancing have been using a system that provides each judge with a computer screen and with this they can select the slow motion elements that they want to view before giving their scores. Another example of the analysis of performance statistics is the use of technology in computerised fitness machines. I have used the computerised weight machines "Technogym" produced by the "Wellness" company. They show you your acceleration, force, range of movement and overall technique, this ensures that you are working the correct muscle groups and at the correct speed and with the overall correct technique. ...read more.

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As I have experienced in ice skating at international competitions, most nations have their own team behind them. This normally consists of a team doctor, a team physiotherapist and sometimes a nutritionist. The requirement for technology applies here, in the need for the physiotherapist to be able to his job correctly he must have such things a ultrasonic/ultrasound machines for deep tissue therapy, and electromyography equipment to analyse muscle activity. This shows that even the team that follow an athlete/s around for medical support at competitions need to use technology to be able to do their job. This shows that in modern day global sport it isn't possible to compete at an elite level without all these forms of technology that have been introduced over the course of time, because if there are people using this high level of technological advancement within a sport then others have to use it to be able to keep up, otherwise they will be over taken. This is because the ones using the facilities will know more about their own personal needs and be able to provide them, hence increasing their performance. ...read more.

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