Not only the experience of sporting activities and events, but also rehabilitation after sports injuries are changing due to cutting-edge technologies. In sports medicine, the future holds a shift towards prevention through genomics, nutrigenomics, countless trackers and wearables, while there are many great technologies which aim to alleviate the pain and shorten the time of recovery – if, against all odds, a sports injury still happens.

Technology will change the experience of sports injuries and rehabilitation

When was the last time you went out for a run without Endomondo or had a bike tour without Strava? Have you thought about how different the commentaries for live football or basketball matches were only a couple of years ago? Where were those sixteen cameras that have been monitoring the field and performance of football players since 2007? Where was the hawk-eye technique to track the trajectory of balls in cricket or tennis before 2001? What about professional timer services? Who saw whether the ball was in or out if not the camera?

The experience of sports and following sports events radically changed in the last two decades due to technology. The assessment of performance, the training methods, the episode of cheering for your team – all activities connected to sports have been hijacked by technology.

The most painful event of them all, being a victim of a sports injury, is no exception either. There are many technologies which aim to improve the state of sportsmen and sportswomen going through the rough period of recovery, as well as technology-based methods to prevent those injuries. The appearance of the following tools falls neatly in line with the general trends, namely that there is a palpable shift from proactive to preventive medicine.

Here, we collected the most relevant and exciting examples, which could help professionals in sports medicine make sportsmen and sportswomen less prone to injuries and if an accident happens they can recover in less time.

Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD | Medical Futurist

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