Imagine taking your love of sports and mashing it with tech to find an in-demand and lucrative career.
All sorts of great tech careers can be found in the world of sports. Professional sports teams and sports equipment companies, as well as Olympic organizations, are constantly adapting new technologies to help athletes gain a competitive edge. These advances are coming from such areas of study as engineering, material science, biomechanics, kinesiology (study of human movement), data analysis, database management, software programming and the development of mobile apps for monitoring an athlete’s performance.
Data analysts are growing in importance for both sports teams and individual athletes training for super events like the Olympics. Analysts crunch tons of data with specialized software tools to find the best competitive edge. They can study how efficiently a runner is running using slow-motion cameras and sensors placed all over an athlete’s body, collecting real-time information on almost every muscle and how that muscle is being used.
Analysts evaluate all kinds of data to provide insights on ways to improve an athlete’s performance. For example Brent Hayden, a Canadian swimmer, won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics with swim analysis software. Monitoring the split-second output of every muscle in his swim stroke during training helped Brent get to the finish line faster.
Mashing up sports with tech skills can lead to great jobs. Find a career in baseball with teams like the Toronto Blue Jays or New York Yankees by becoming an expert in sabermetrics which takes data about a player and analyses it to see if he’s worth the big salary he’s demanding. Sabermetrics gives teams amazing player stats like a player’s on-base percentage and where he is likely to hit the ball 90% of the time so they can shift fielders to increase the likelihood of an out!
How about mashing up engineering and robotics at a sports equipment company? University of Waterloo mechanical engineering graduate and now president of Hockey Robotics, JS Rancourt, combined his love of hockey and tech to help manufacturers improve hockey sticks. Hockey Robotics uses robotic technology to mimic a human slap shot. When a stick breaks on a shot, the robot sends data to a software program that determines what caused the break so engineers can figure out how to eliminate the weakness.
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