From 5G tennis lessons to training tailored around menstrual cycles, technology is elevating sport to new heights.
Summertime means sport, whether we are watching the pros battle it out on the pitch, or playing ourselves in parks and pools. Whatever your sport, there’s one key player you may not have considered yet: technology. From harnessing hologram tech to connect tennis stars with the next generation, to using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to turbocharge women’s teams and redefining rugby coverage with 5G technology, Vodafone is driving standards and innovation in ways that might surprise you.
In 2021 the British & Irish Lions, while on their South Africa Tour, became the first sports team in the world to trial a high-tech training tool: Vodafone’s PLAYER.Connect.
Smart mouthguards, chest straps and GPS trackers monitored each player’s every waking and sleeping moment. This super-granular data was gathered, in real time, by IoT technology and fed into a performance dashboard, allowing coaches to track precise and miniscule changes in each player’s performance, and alter their training in response.