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South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation

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Innovative sport technology through cross-disciplinary research: Future of sport science

Terry J. Ellapen, Yvonne Paul

Abstract


This paper provides an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of innovative sport technology brought about by cross-disciplinary research in sport, engineering, medical and material sciences. Sport technology has subsequently contributed greatly to the enhancement of epidemiology, prevention and management of injuries, management of non-communicable diseases, physical activity and sport performance. The debate raging between sport scientists and academics pertaining to the greater amount of attention paid to sport technology and cross-disciplinary research in sport and the diminished quality and quantity of subject matter is highlighted. The paper also raises the following ethical question: Should only affluent elite athletes have the opportunity to capitalise on this technology? Is this jeopardising the success of less affluent athletes?


Key words: Sport technology; Cross-disciplinary.




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