By: Belerofonte Mar
With the world constantly changing nothing ever really stays the same, even sports.
In fact, looking at sports from ancient time and sports from now we can see a huge difference in between them. Many are already speculating how sports will look like in the next 25 years. With ideas about stadiums to the athletes themselves, many have conjured up things that you could only imagine would appear in science fiction movies.
It is obvious that sports have never been exactly the same. Some of the sports we watch and play today look very similar to those of ancient civilizations and actually influenced today's sports. Look at ancient aztec’s game, Ullamaliztli. In this game there were two opposing teams which had to get an extremely heavy rubber ball to the opponent's side. Players had to use their feet and hips to move the 9-10 pound ball around the court and used protective gear. One of the most notable way to win was to get the ball into stone rings that were located on the side of the courts; if one of the players was able to do this then the game would end.
Another notable civilization that influenced sports were the Greeks. In fact, because of them we had the first modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens. We can see that even if sports have changed over the centuries they still have some of their original concepts.
In the future technology will make many parts of sports better, from the stadiums to the athletes. In fact Jeremy M. Jacobs, chairman of Delaware North and owner of the Boston Bruins, created a full report on his ideas, and others, of that future. Mr. Jacobs believes that with new technology and materials we would be able to create stadiums that would not only house seating, but large areas with picnic tables and standing bars.
Another possibility is that fans can see the game virtually and through the point of view from a player. Imagine feeling as if you are your favorite player in the game with thousands of people watching. Future advancements will also help players as well. Baseball players would be able to use special contact lenses that would give them vision far better that before; the article stated there could be “carbon-fibre basketball floors that add six more inches to players’ vertical leap than they have today.” Many of these advancements would make the way we watch the game and the game itself look completely different then it is now.
But not all of the changes technology has made are to make the sport better, but safer as well. As Dr. Adam Shepherd, Athletics Director at Samueli Academy, said, “technology has made some sports safer. Right now, football is trying to minimize concussions and head injuries.” In fact, much of the change that we have seen in sports is how athletes are treated after injuries. Some examples are already stated like making football helmets and padding much safer for athletes to minimize concussions, but some of the newer technology takes it to the extreme. From running and track to soccer and basketball athletes have fractured-even broken-their bones from too much strain being put on them but new research can help that. Recently, scientist have developed a material called “fracture putty” which helps the healing mechanism in bones tremendously which would mean athletes could go back and play faster than before.
One of the most controversial aspect that could change in sports is the players themselves. With research scientist have found various genes that that make athletes as strong and as fast as they are. Some genes, like EpoR, have been associated to increase red blood production which would give athletes increase endurance. Others, like MTSN, have been known to increase muscle mass if the gene is inhibited. As scientist learn how to create the perfect athlete people like Mr. Jacobs believe that in the future there could be a league for the natural athletes and one for the enhanced athletes. However, some people do not believe that this will happen in the next decade or two; this is because they believe that fans would not be able to relate to these enhanced athletes and that would take a huge aspect out of the game.
Ms. Nyree Tramble said, “What would be the point of watching regular football if you have enhanced football; what would be the point of watching regular basketball when you could watch enhanced basketball?” These questions are the ones we would have to face when we have to confront them in the future, so we can only speculate about it now.
In the end, the world is always changing with everything in it, even sports. However, whatever the future holds we may never know, we can only speculate what it will. In the future, we may have super athletes and robots playing sports. Some of these ideas can happen, or they will just remain ideas forever. The truth is that with all the change we have today any small thing can affect the world as a whole so we can never say anything will happen for sure.
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