How Technology Affects Sports

How Does Technology affect Sports? By Johnny Avalanche Technology is affecting sports more and more every day. The new aspects of technology are not just affecting the athletes, or even just the fans, but it is affecting everyone. Athletes, coaches, trainers, and the fans are affected more than anyone else in a variety of ways. For athletes to stay competitive and reach their goals, they have to work harder than their competition. This is becoming easier for all athletes with the emergence if many things. For example, shoes: The first known shoe invented for basketball only, was invented in 1922. In 1922, the Chuck Taylor All-Star was strictly sold at Montgomery Ward for $2.95. There were 12 holes for laces and the shoes came up about 5 inches past the ankle. As the years passed, athletic shoes continued to be made with canvas, which made the shoe very heavy, not to mention uncomfortable. Even into the 1970s, there were basically only two athletic shoe companies, Converse, the maker of Chuck Taylors, and Adidas, who mostly made tennis shoes. In todays market, there are over 20 popular athletic shoe companies, and still at the top are Converse and Adidas. Nike has made the biggest impact in athletic shoe technology. They revolutionized the athletic shoe with the emergence of the Air Jordan in the early 1980s. They began to use lighter materials to make the shoe, along with air in the sole, to provide for comfort and safety for the shoe owner. Coaches are also affected by technology. There are new methods, available for download or purchase, to help a coach do his job. Practice Planner Pro, a company started in 1996, is the main producer of software for coaches. Coaches are able to use a simple program to create practice schedules, and keep stats of a game. They can even enter their teams information, along with their opponents information, and the computer program will devise a game plan, based on how…

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