Technology Has Changed Sports Over The Years, Without A Doubt

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Kay Duit
Professor Wilson
Physics 1003-01
16 November 2014
Research Paper
Technology has changed sports over the years, without a doubt. Many rules have changed because of technology. Not only rules have changed, also decision-making has been affected by technological improvements. However, a lot of technological improvements are very expensive and therefore cannot be applied in every sporting event. Especially amateur athletes and clubs do not have resources to apply the newest technologies in their sporting events. The question arises if this is fair or not. If people that play amateur sports want to become professional athletes, and they are physically capable of making that step, there should not be other obstacles such as technology
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I will give a couple examples of technologies that have changes sports. Later on in this paper, some of these examples will be used to support an argument I will make. According to Steve J. Haake’s article “The impact of technology on sporting performance in Olympic sports”, technology has had a big impact on pole vault, javelin and cycling. In pole vault for example, the world record increased rapidly after the Second World War. The cause for that were the new materials athletes started to use for their poles. Before the Second World War, athletes used poles made from bamboo. After the Second World War, people started using poles made from different metals and eventually athletes started using poles made from carbon fiber. The performances in javelin have also been impacted by technology. The materials of which the javelins are made have changed a lot throughout the years. This has influenced the throwing distances. Also cycling has changed due to change in materials that are used. Bikes used to be made from aluminum, but in the 1980s people started creating bikes of carbon fiber. Nowadays, it is the only material used for bikes in professional cycling. Recently, we have seen new technologies in the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA 2014 World Cup. Dan Jerker B Suantesson states in his article “Could technology resurrect the dignity of the FIFA World Cup refereeing?” that, “This was
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