After last week's post about the fascinating world of Big Data and how it is related to sports, today we are going to talk about Nanotechnology. This kind of concepts may sound a little bit weird, but once you read about it you'll want to know more about it and also you're going to pay more attention to this details in competitions like the tennis Grand Slams (the Australian Open 2019 just started) or the Olympic Games.
- Nanotechnology: It all started with the tennis and the racquet developed by Wilson who resorted to the use of nanomaterials such as silica particles or carbon nanotubes. Two elements that gave Federer a resistance and rigidity never seen, but that brought up a debate about the true influence of these devices in the victory of the athlete. Since then, nanotechnology has brought to the market swimming suits that repel water, golf balls that barely move during the pass, lighter surfboards or tissues with antibacterial effect to eliminate bacteria that cause bad odor or infections by fungi.
The subject divides the experts. The separation between the use of nanotechnology to improve the performance of the athlete and its use to gain advantages unfairly is very thin and has been closely monitored by associations and organizations that fight against doping. The manipulation of particles, molecules, and atoms can be positive for the world of sports, especially as regards safety, but we must pay attention so that sports ethics are not violated and so that all are able to compete at the same level or, at least, fairly.