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A-level PE - Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation: Technology in Sport

Resources to support A-level PE, Unit 1

Olympian Technology: Higher, Faster, Stronger

The flexibility of fiberglass poles allowed athletes to translate the energy of their run-ups into vaulting height more effectively. In many cases, the Olympics have welcomed technical changes that have arguably improved the games.
Technical advances have influenced almost every Olympic sport
Originally published: Jul 24 2012 - 12:45pm
By: Peter Gwynne, ISNS Contributor

(ISNS) -- The Summer Olympic Games enjoys a long tradition of spectacular technical aids which have significantly improved athletes' achievements, from sprinters' starting blocks to composite fibers in badminton rackets.

"It's hard to imagine any sport hasn't been touched dramatically by technology," said
Janice Forsyth, director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada.

Individuals have employed numerous illegal forms of technological assistance, from using performance-enhancing drugs, storing and re-injecting athletes' blood, to adjusting the electronic sensor in a fencing sword to record hits when none were made.

But in many cases, the Olympic movement has welcomed technical changes that have arguably improved the Games.