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The use of technological means during the training of professional sports teams is an accepted and very common thing today. In the main sports (football, basketball, baseball and football) the use of information technologies is a cornerstone in training and preparation for games. The use of statistics has been a long-standing tradition in sports but recently there has been a fundamental change following breakthroughs in the field of deep computational learning that allow coaches to access vast amounts of relevant information that was not previously accessible. These systems analyze all the moves of the game by tracking the players and the ball using cameras that are installed in the stadium / hall and provide insights based on the information they have. Despite the great economic potential and challenges in the field, it seems that on the face of it the world of artificial intelligence has not yet penetrated the field of sports to the same extent that it currently dominates other fields. However, that may be on its way.

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The Technology Of The Future

We know that technology through our phones is paving the way for a digital revolution in sports. Many people are using their phones to check in to the sporting match first or to show their ticket. Some sports companies may even use QR codes. You can make qr code yourself - that’s how easy it is so it is no wonder that companies are utilizing this for themselves.

Technology however at the moment, seems to be playing a bigger part in the training side, to make things even more successful. It seems that the general trend certainly points to an increasing integration of advanced technologies based on it both on the professional side of sporting events (custom training for each player, planning computer-based group moves) and on their entertainment side (automatic detection of players during replays on TV, Advanced graphics technologies for positioning 3D models of actors within a studio, automatic motion analysis on TV and more). It all sounds very exciting doesn’t it? But will it take away from the traditional growth and development of sport? Most likely not.

The use of technology as an aid in building a training and planning process, technology as a means of control in training and play and as a tool for performance analysis depends on the professional abilities of the team and the coach to use data correctly and comprehensively and in a structured process. Meaning it may not work for every team or sport but it can work in some, especially football. If the team does not have professional knowledge for the use of the technology, then its use is worthless and the financial expenditure for its purchase is unnecessary and it may be necessary to first invest in a team that will learn to train and use the advanced technology. So what remains is, the excitement of how technology can propel the industry forward, as well as the way in which it can improve the actual game and the viewers' perspectives to make it even more successful for the 2020s and beyond.

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