SPORTS ENGINEERING: A COMBINATION OF TECHNOLOGY AND SPORTS
Started in 1998 by Prof. Steve Haake, sports engineering is growing at a rapid pace along with the extension of global sports industry since then.
Sports Engineering is the union of sports science and engineering. It is a technical application of mathematics and physics to tackle sporting problems by means of design, development and research into the external tools used by athletes to intensify their performance. It deals with manufacturing and maintaining different sports items, sports infrastructure and other supportive products.
Sports is incomplete without sports engineering in today’s world. The impact of engineering in sports is impeccable. Both technology and engineering have played a significant role not only in enhancing the performance of an athlete but also in making sports entertaining and safe as well. Imagining sports without sports gears, accessories, tools, apparels, fitness equipment, infrastructure, flooring, lighting and broadcasting is impossible. The principal focus of sports engineering is to improve the quality of sports by improving the standard of various items used in sports.
Sijin B T, Sports Management Guru and founder of Sports Management Research Institute (SMRI) have the vision to make India a sports superpower. According to him, sports engineers are the pillar of the sporting world. His focus is to create sports engineers of the highest class for the betterment of sports. He wants sports to run efficiently and effectively.
Designing better equipment, building good facilities, examining the performance of athletes, regulating standards, ensuring safety, developing practising tools, and advancing the infrastructure are the requirements for a better sporting experience. Sports Engineering is, therefore, a key element to help the sport move forward.
By PRAVEL JAIN, Sports Writer