Sports can never ever be isolated from the transcending fields of science, entertainment, trend, business, fashion etc and it is nothing short of adding the technology in its soul. Sports by the far is tuning to the endless perfectness by leveraging several areas with no difference or May be it’s the way sports swagger by not letting anything leap from it despite it is something that deals with smallest things in the world ‘Nanotechnology.’
Nanotechnology, the technology and science that deals with the material creation at the molecular level of matter has been sprawling into various popular fields and reinforcing them with its advanced characteristics of improving material properties.
Impact on sports
The evolution of technology in sports equipment has been triggering benefits of reducing the equipment weight and elevating efficiency. With- no- barriers nanotechnology evoked further more corners of equipments durability, strength and lightweight while legitimately making athletes feel comfortable, safer, less prone to injuries and agile than the prior.
Baseball bats, golf balls/clubs, tennis/ badminton racquets, racing bicycles, archery arrows, hockey sticks, skis, fly-fishing rods, etc. are few of the sports equipments that are improving their performance with the nanotechnology introduction.
Todays beefed up tennis rackets from their predecessors metals and woods weighs too less by the integration of graphite filled carbon nanotubes into the racquet. Racquets crafted from the nanotechnology are so stronger and lighter to hold, and its birth mate ball is no exception from this technology. A line of coating of nanoparticles of clay on Tennis balls changes the property of inflating often as air can’t be evaded from the core of the ball that subsequently helps decline in the ball replacement.
When it’s about professional cycling every second counts towards the victory. The changes introduced into bicycles manufacturing through the incorporation of carbon nanotubes into the carbon fiber resin simplified conditions and turned bicycles more stronger and lighter which ultimately brought a greater difference in cyclists performance on competition.
In addition Swim suits wore by competitors during 2008 Beijing Olympics that are been into the coating by water repellent nanoparticles spilled miracles but is not a perpetuating condition due to the rules professed by international sporting association which sensed difference brought by nanotechnology with the still swirling question whether the technology or athlete’s skill pulled gold medals.
Likewise, Nanomaterials like carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, nanoclay, silica nanoparticles, carbon nanofibers, nano-nickel and carbon nanparticles are in the equipment use of Golf, Kayanking, Bowling, Watercraft, Road racing, skiing, Tennis/Badminton and Archery to invoke benefits like repulsion power, strength, durability, abrasion, increased stiffness, reduced weight and chipping.
The frontiers of sweat are certainly high for sports persons and the foray of nanotechnology into the sports clothing brought them materials breathable that impart to be donned easy and forging farewell to the moisture that run out from the ensembles through the advent of nanoparticles infused into the material. Socks grounded their radical metric of seizing bacteria and odor through the silver nanoparticles usage in the fabric.