Sports today are no longer what they used to be a few decades earlier. While talent is definitely a thing, however, sports science has evolved over the years and has helped many to better their game – from beginners to the best in the business.
“He is a born athlete” – Well, all of us must have come across this phrase, used to describe sportspersons with an exceptional display of talent. Phrases like these are used more often for athletes who show signs of their ability at a very young age and are believed to be born with that talent. It is true to a certain extent as well.
Over the years, it has been observed that many are born with certain traits that help them excel in a particular sport and make a name for themselves. But is sports only for those who are born with it? In today’s day and time, with the kind of development science has made, is it not possible to build super athletes? To some extent, the answer is “YES.”
Sports science benefits sports performance
Sports today are no longer what they used to be a few decades earlier. The whole approach towards a sport has changed drastically over the years. Let us look at India’s favorite sport, cricket.
With the kind of talent mushrooming across the country, competition levels have gone up and it has certainly helped to raise the standard of the game. The biggest sporting extravaganza in the country, the Indian Premier League is one of the best examples of the transformation of cricket in the last decade. Catches are being plucked out of thin air and even 100m sixes are being hit for fun. This was unimaginable in the 90s and the athletes are pushing themselves hard to bring out the best in them. And why not? With so much at stake, it has become the bare minimum to stay relevant. This is where sports science comes into the picture.
Sports Science is the study of how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity can help promote health physically, mentally, and socially. It is, amongst other things, the study of how a certain body type reacts to a particular exercise regime and how to bring the best out of a particular athlete. While talent is definitely a thing, however, sports science has evolved over the years and has helped many to better their game – from beginners to the best in the business.
With the development of medical science over the years, we have a better understanding of the human body and its abilities. Every human body is different and sports science can curate specialized fitness training protocols to attain ultimate performance and prevent injuries. Certain genes might make you more responsive to certain types of workouts, and a knowledgeable coach along with a genetic counselor can come in handy to guide one through the process. The way one’s body works is controlled by genes as well as training, environment, and diet and having a thorough knowledge is of utmost importance. Athletes who maintain a balance and adopt the right approach are the ones who turn out to be super athletes.
Improvement of technique with the help of biomechanics
We all hear the term – biomechanics frequently in our day-to-day lives. But do we understand its significance? According to John Abt, Director of Research at Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, “Biomechanics is the study and analysis of movement, or how someone performs a task, whether it be running, jumping, throwing or hitting.” It is one of the key aspects of an athlete’s life today. It helps athletes and their trainers understand their body better and how their body works during certain tasks. Not just that, with the study of biomechanics, once we start understanding, how the body wants to move, it becomes easier to remove pressure from the joints and muscles resulting in fewer injuries and prolonging the career of an athlete.
Thus, we can conclude that sports science has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and is an essential part of the modern-day athlete. We are blessed for living in a time where it’s super accessible. While talent and hard work are still the core of every athlete, sports science can help curate plans basis an athlete’s needs to enhance their skills, minimize injuries and make them super athletes.