Tech innovations for disabled athletes

With the 2012 Paralympic Games in London showing just how popular the sporting event has become, it’s providing increased opportunities for athletes and technology developers to work together to create some amazing pieces of sporting kit.

As such events allow people with a range of physical disabilities to participate in many challenging sports on a global level, it has provided the perfect opportunity to showcase some incredible tech innovations for disabled athletes.

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Despite the recent controversy surrounding Oscar Pistorius, the athlete did much to promote how technology has aided disabled athletes. The star’s use of carbon blade runners was developed to allow an elastic energy return that nearly mirrors that found in human tendons.

Similarly, the interface between an artificial limb and human body has also been dramatically improved in order to prevent blistering and provide a seamless blend between the individual components. With the next Paralympics Games due to take place in Rio in 2016, it is expected that many athletes will be showcasing further developments in this field, and in order to catch up with the latest action, be sure to check in with the Bookies.com website for the latest athletic sporting news, bets, and analysis.

However, such innovations are only just the start for many tech developers. The Ghost Glove is able to provide instant sensory information to the user via a series of electronic pulses that recreate real-world stimulus in a fast and authentic way.

And similarly, the use of exoskeletons from companies such as Rewalk are soon expected to offer an almost superhuman level of power and control for athletes to master a range of sporting tasks and challenges. The exoskeletons work through sensors that recognise shifts in the user’s balance to trigger a range of motions in the hips and knees which can then authentically simulate a walking experience when supported by crutches.

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Wheelchair-bound athletes have also been particularly well-served by advances in sporting technology with many top UK racers being linked to the developments that use seat-forming materials and special lightweight carbon-fibre provided by car manufacturers BMW.

However, with all of the amazing technology being developed, there have been many who have raised interesting points regarding the ethics of such technology providing an unequal playing field for what should be a purely human sporting event. But despite such qualms, the introduction of such sporting technology has undoubtedly helped improved many people’s lives, and provided fantastic sporting entertainment in a way that looks to grow in future years.

 

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