Technological advancements have affected every aspect of the game of football, from training to viewing. Because of technology, the game is safer to play, and there’s more ways to view the game. Here’s a look at how technology is influencing football from training to watching the game at home.
Virtual Reality and QB Training
Did you know quarterbacks are training with virtual reality? Using video-game-like technology, QBs run plays, check receivers, decipher defensive coverage, and make split-second throwing decisions. The training is conducted using a headset that covers the QB’s eyes and launches him into training.
“I felt like I was in the future putting this thing on – something that you would see on TV shows.” Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan told ABC News. All three of Ole Miss.’ Quarterbacks are being asked to train on the simulator, which gives users a complete 360-degree field of vision.
Plastics Have Improved Field Safety
Football is among the most dangerous sports. After multiple head injuries resulted in more cases of chronic trauma encephalopathy and multiple concussion lawsuits, even the president expressed that he wasn’t sure he’d support a son playing the violent sport.
Luckily, plastics innovations have improved the protective gear players wear. Polycarbonate plastic is what’s used in bullet-proofed windows and today’s football helmets. Using a mix of hard and soft plastic, players have a more absorbent and safer football uniform.
Advanced Computer and Camera Systems
Advanced computer and camera system ensure that you don’t miss anything when you’re watching at home. You want to the feeling of being on field, or in the stadium? Innovations in filming have resulted in an all-new high-tech way to view football games.
The ability to truly view it all comes from high-speed cameras, as well as a new backboard of slow-motion cameras, and new graphics packages. “One of the more unique cameras with goals of future implementation – the LDX XtremeSpeed 6X system – will exist in nine of the Fox Sports regions.” Here’s looking forward to even better looking games, according to Fox Sports.
High-Definition and Sports Packages
It used to be impossible to catch every game. Sometimes, local games would be blacked out because the area didn’t sell enough stadium tickets. Or, if you liked a team that wasn’t local, you’d be hard-pressed to view their regular season non-playoff games.
Today, there’s NFL Sunday Ticket channels to ensure you don’t miss a second of your favorite team. Moreover, games can be recorded and watched later on DVR systems that are designed to record up to five television shows all at once. And, when you record and watch later, you can fast-forward through commercials.
Mobile Devices and Apps
If you’re on-the-go, you don’t have to miss games. You can download apps that stream games or stay up-to-date on the latest game news by following your favorite sports channels. Players, coaches, and other industry professionals use their mobile devices to track their health, record plays, and analyze game data.
The future of technology will continue to effect football. It’s going to continue to affect how the game is played, the safety of players, and how fans view the game. In many respects, it’s the safety benefits of technology that will have the biggest impact on the game. If technological advancements can result in a safer game, maybe the sport will be faced with less criticism.