From a technology that replaces human perception action to one that expands it: some critiques of current technology use in sport

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Woods, Carl ORCID: 0000-0002-7129-8938, Araújo, Duarte ORCID: 0000-0001-7932-3192, Davids, Keith ORCID: 0000-0003-1398-6123 and Rudd, James ORCID: 0000-0003-1546-576X (2021) From a technology that replaces human perception action to one that expands it: some critiques of current technology use in sport. Sports Medicine - Open, 7 (1). ISSN 2199-1170


Information technology has been integrated into most areas of sport, providing new insights, improving the efficiency of operational processes, and offering unique opportunities for exploration and inquiry. While acknowledging this positive impact, this paper explores whether sufficient consideration has been directed towards what technology risks detracting from the learning and developmental experiences of its users. Specifically, viewed through the philosophical lens of the device paradigm, and considering a more ecological account of technological implementation, we discuss how technology in sport could subtly disengage educators and applied sports scientists from performance environments. Insights gleaned from such an ecological account of technology implementation could lead sports science and educational teams to ask and reflect on tough questions of current practice: i.e. has too much control been given to technological devices to ‘solve’ problems and communicate knowledge (about) in sport? Has technology improved the skills of players and performance staff? Or are performance staff at risk of becoming over-reliant on technology, and as a result, reducing the value of experiential knowledge (of) and intuition? Questions like these should be asked if technological devices, purported to support aspects of practice, are continually integrated into the sporting landscape.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1186/s40798-021-00366-y
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4207 Sports science and exercise
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords sport performance, accuracy, time measurement, sport equipment and apparel
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