Technology in sport examined

technology in horse racing

Technology continues to grow across all fields, with more and more being introduced into sport. This has enabled for less controversy on decisions from officials in football for example, which can only be positive for the future of the game.

Here we cover two key examples of technology in sport.

Equimetre- Horse Racing 

Horse racing continues to grow in popularity with people both supporting and attending events. One of the biggest meetings of the year is now fast approaching, in the Cheltenham festival. The festival is the meeting of the year where most money is staked, and this year is expected to be no different.

Punters from all around will be looking to place bets, and they’ll be looking for the best bookmakers with which to have a flutter. There are a huge number of operators who are competing for punters’ business, so you can use this betting sites list on sportytrader to help you choose which bookmaker to place a bet with. It’s a great resource on which you can compare the different bookies and understand whether they have a welcome bonus, or other incentives on offer.

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Trainers are busy getting their horses ready ahead of the biggest meeting of the year, so will be using all the different technology available to give them that edge.

Technology in horse racing is something that has not been pushed through as much as in other sports. However, the Equimetre is helping trainers get that edge and is a fantastic and more efficient way of tracking their horses.

This device is a great example of how artificial intelligence is being used in the horse racing industry, as the sport looks to get with the modern times. This works as a wearable device, which provides analysis and data on the horses through their training, whilst also providing data on the track and its conditions. This then gives the data to connections in what conditions and training best suits the horse for example. This means they then have a much greater chance of getting the maximum potential out of each horse in their stable.

VAR – Football

VAR or video assistant referee is one of the biggest and most relevant technological chances in sport in recent times. It first really burst on to the scene at the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and is now being introduced across some of the leading leagues in the sport. VAR works as a football assistant referee who reviews decisions made by the head referee through the use of video footage, using a headset for communication. As of last year VARs have also now been written into the laws of the game by the International Football Association.

VAR is clearly a great addition to the sport of football in enabling for the correct decisions to be made, thus enabling for the right outcome to be reached in most situations. There are four types of calls that can be reviewed. These being:

  • Penalty decisions
  • Straight red card decisions
  • Mistaken identity
  • Goals (whether a violation has been made during the attacking phase of play – including a foul or offside)