• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss how modern technology aids an athlete's preparation for competition

    5 star(s)

    On the other hand, it can be argued that it is investment; putting money into sport means getting money out when athletes win international competitions. Computers are now able to simulate a player's performance and virtual models can be created in order for technique to be further analysed.

  2. Self analysis of football performance - Comparison to elite model

    Reasons for training program As you can see, my training program places emphasis on; finishing practise, weight training and circuits. The reason for including finishing practise in my training program is because it enables me to improve the technique of my shot while eradicating the mistakes that I make, in

  1. Aim: to plan, perform, monitor and evaluate a 10-week training program for a specific ...

    thought I may experience a little dis comfort, but was pleased when I did not. I felt that the weights were challenging my body and I was happy with my progression after fully completing the sets. I was enjoying the training sessions more, as the weeks went on, and as I began to enjoy the sessions more.

  2. Self analysis of weaknesses in table tennis - Comparison to elite model 2

    7;15 - 8;15 Game play (up to 11 only using backhand shots) Game Play (Playing an actual match up to 11, but when ever a ball comes to the backhand a topspin shot must be attempted) Game Play (up to 11 only using backhand shots)

  1. Timetable for training programe

    I shall now discuss the all round performance of the performer taking into consideration his strengths and weaknesses and what factors are causing certain outcomes. If I were to place the performer on a learning continuum he would be positioned as shown in figure 1 fig 1 I have placed

  2. Critically analyse your own performance in your chosen sport using suitable notational methods. Include ...

    This type of analysis doesn't always tell the how the performer is really performing it only gives maybe an overview although some statistics are better than others. A striker may have only had three chances in a game and missed all of them, but might have actually got in good

  1. My Training Programme.

    I also do two hours running a week for a local club. I am in good health and have not been ill recently and do not have any problems, which could effect how I feel and act. During my training programme I should be able to work to my full potential without any drawbacks.

  2. Free essay

    Training and Fitness: Methods of Training

    Aerobic fitness training allows the body to adapt itself, to burn fatty acids as a primary fuel source - where as a result, any athlete reduces in weight and gains muscular strength and better body composition. It increases flexibility, reduces the likelihood of high blood pressure, raises basal metabolic rate

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work