"Technology-dependent" records?

A few posts ago, we shared here Mr. David Epstain TED talk on how technology is driving improvement and helping athletes to set new records (watch the TED talk here). This discussion is a constant in sports, and if you follow elite and pro-competitions you will see someone talking about this very often. Thus, although at first glance it might appear to be a “clichê”, this topic is so important that I am sure it won’t be the last time we will talk about it here.

We arrived to an era in sports in which science, technology, and performance are almost inseparable. Athletes are pushing farther than ever, and achieving goals that were once thought to be impossible. But all these improvements in sports many times are driven or at least “boosted” by improvements in scientific knowledge and/or in equipment. Think about the modern running tracks or shoes, the new swimming suits, the modern bicycles, the new training centers, the smart watches, the neurophysiological data analysis in modern training centers…well, the list goes on and on. And with the increasing competitiveness in sports, the trend is that sports science and high-end technology will blend forever with sports training.

Like I said at the beginning, my goal is not to exhaustively cover all the aspects of sports and technology, which would be an almost impossible task. Instead, I just wanted to kept the conversation going by sharing this episode of the show The Nature of Things, called “The Equalizer”. In this episode, a sports scientist compares how contemporary athletes would perform when placed in old competition settings or when given equivalent equipment to those that belong to the ancient sports legends. I was honestly very intrigued by the documentary and I believe it is worth watching it.

The episode can be watched for free online (but it seems that it is only available in Canada) on this link (click here). If it doesn’t work for you, I think you would enjoy to at least watch the trailer of it. I hope you all enjoy this post. Let us know what you think about this topic and we will continue with the discussion in future posts.

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