An Incomplete History of Sports and Technology

Authored by Steve Gera & Dave Anderson – SportTechie

“First one to the olive tree wins.”

The first sports competition was not recorded, but our guess is that it was the age-old challenge: “Let’s run from here to there as fast as we can.” We can surmise then that first piece of sports technology equipment was likely a branch or a piece of rope that signaled the starting line to keep people from arguing over who might have had a head start. 

The first athlete is not known because he had no Instagram feed. He was probably a soldier—who else had the time and motive to sculpt his body in preparation for man-to-man competition? But we can assume that our athletic ancestors figured out relatively quickly that eating well, getting enough sleep and studying the competition was a good idea. No Athletigen, Whoop, or XOS required. 

The first coach is also lost to history. He was likely an athlete who helped fellow wrestlers or combatants study opponents and learn the finer techniques of competition. That coach definitely used a sharp eye to recognize patterns and acquire knowledge about ways to train athletes. He definitely did not have an analytics intern. 

Many indications suggest that sports first evolved from combat training or as a way to celebrate war or those who had died in battle. Ancient Greeks and Romans turned combat training into competition, with the first ancient Olympiad being held in Athens in 776 B.C. Sumo was first mentioned in historical Japanese text sometime around 100 A.D. Things were pretty simple back then. You either played or watched, or maybe you coached. 

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The future of sports tech: Here’s where investors are placing their bets – TechCrunch

Originally published by Michael Proman – Internet Do

Sports have always been the ultimate unifier — transcending geographic borders, rising above partisan politics and enabling multiple audiences (and generations) to find alignment — the little-known secret behind this global unifier? Technology.

Technology influences how athletes train and compete, how fans engage and consume content and how world-class venues are constructed. Technology has been quietly transforming the world of sports for years, with investment in areas like esports continuing to rise, surpassing a total of $2.5 billion in VC funding in 2018 — and some estimates predicting the sports tech sector will reach $30 billion by 2024.

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics less than a year away, a massive amount of investment and innovation are pouring into the sports technology industry ahead of this globally unifying event. But which technologies are making the biggest impact? Where are investors placing their bets? Which sports are at the forefront of the technology revolution and which factors are holding the industry back?

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African Soccer Federation Supplies All 54 Teams With Catapult’s PlayerTek


November 14, 2018

African Soccer Federation Supplies All 54 Teams With Catapult’s PlayerTek

The African soccer federation will supply 2,650 PlayerTek GPS units to its 54 member countries under the terms of a new agreement announced on Wednesday by Catapult and the Confédération Africaine de Football. The CAF first explored a continental player tracking program earlier this year to supply its five World Cup qualifiers-Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia, and Senegal-with a similar device from a different vendor, FieldWiz.

‘Right off the ice you can get a real-time coaching point’: what Catapult’s XOS brings to the NHL

Last month, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced a renewal of its video analysis collaboration with software company XOS, the brains behind the iBench software that all NHL teams used for the first time in the 2017/18 season.

Capture, Code, Analyse, Feedback – 4 Principles of Performance Analysis

Performance Analysis is still a new concept to most. Although everyone has heard about “it” and most people know that sporting teams “are doing it”. There still seems to be quite a lot of uncertainty about how exactly you implement “it” into your coaching structure.

Facilitating Optimal Injury Recovery – Competitor Running

There’s something oddly comforting about hearing the injury woes of other runners. It’s not that we ever wish an injury upon someone else or that we ever hope our fellow running tribe suffers the dreaded DNS due to injury, but sometimes it’s just helpful to know we aren’t in it alone.