Simple mental tests may be able to identify people who are likely to reach the top of their sport. That's according to researchers who showed that elite athletes who play team sports aren't just stronger and faster than the rest of us – some of their cognitive skills are better, too. Young soccer players, competing at the top level in Sweden, performed better than the general population on tests of so-called "executive function". And the better their results, the more goals they scored. Executive function isn't a measure of intelligence – it describes unconscious mental abilities like our working memory, which is involved in manipulating transient information to help us make decisions, and attentional control, which is our ability to choose what to pay attention to and what to ignore.
On the second day of the Rio Olympics, American swimmer Michael Phelps won his 19th gold medal (he would go on to win four more), becoming the world's most decorated Olympic athlete. The next day, Phelps revealed that he also has what may be the world's best game face. While waiting for a semifinal race, with rival Chad le Clos shimmying and tossing out karate moves in front of him, Phelps sat slouched in a folding chair, wearing headphones and a hood down over his face. Looking strikingly like Emperor Palpatine in "Star Wars," Phelps scowled like someone trying to lift a double-decker bus with his mind, his jaw twitching. If you've somehow missed it, you should probably just watch it for yourself.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to impact every aspect of your life. The IoT is delving deeper and revolutionizing the way you interact with sports. Athletes, sports fans and venues alike are seeking the benefits of connected technologies. Through the IoT, get ready to surpass your expectations. For the athlete, IoT and Sports brings a competitive and comprehensive edge to the table.
Elite sport is now awash with data. As athletes and management look to gain every competitive advantage they possibly can, they are gathering information about all aspects of individual and team performances in booth training and matchplay, as well as a raft of other metrics. The confidence with machine learning often needed to get coaches to the pinnacle of their field means that some are still reluctant to cede ground to algorithms and machines, but inherent prejudices and the fallibility of human memory mean that the brain is an inefficient tool for processing complex information, especially in the time required during sports games. This is especially true for team sports, where they must monitor a number of players at once. Machine Learning can be applied to sports in a range of ways, with data now accessible about almost anything.