Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.
People watch the Olympics for different reasons. Some watch for patriotism, others watch to root for their favorite athletes, and others are just driven by the athletic competition. One of the things that I find fascinating about watching the Olympics is seeing the different tools used to help athletes perform at higher levels.
At the last Olympics everyone watching kept asking, what is the weird tape the athletes are wearing? This method of taping is called the Kinesio Taping Method and is designed to help the body’s natural healing process for muscles and joints without restricting the athlete’s range of motion. In this year’s games, if you’ve been watching Michael Phelps, you may have noticed the purple circles on his body. This is a result of a method called cupping, an ancient Chinese healing practice that is used to loosen muscles, increases blood flow and helps relieve muscle pain and stiffness. This method is used by athletes to help reduce the amount of soreness they receive from competing.
For the swimmers, Speedo continues to innovate new swimsuits that are worn by some of the US swimmers. The Speedo Fastskin LZR Racer was developed using NASA’s wind tunnel testing facilities and became popular during the 2008 Olympics. The suit was designed to compress the body in certain areas and help the swimmers stay higher in the water to reduce resistance. Below are some other tools that are being used to help the athletes for the 2016 Olympics.
- Hykso Punch-Tracking Sensors
- Solos Smart Eyewear
- Nike’s Zoom Superfly Elite Track Shoes
- Oakley’s Green Fade Sunglasses
- Omega Underwater Lap Counters
- Archery Electronic Scoring System
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