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How Big Data Made a Big Splash in the Rio Olympic Games

Long before Olympians are groomed for the cameras and briefed about the fears over the Zitka virus, big data was helping them shave tiny fractions of seconds off their competitive times, so that they could compete with the best of the best in the world.Long before Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and Katie Ledecky stepped up to the podiums to accept their gold medals, big data was shaping their training and performance. As the competition among Olympians and their respective nations continues to get tighter, any little edge can be tremendous in terms of bringing home a gold versus bronze, or in not bringing home any medals at all. Big data is often the factor that separates one competitor from another. Here are some of the ways big data is molding and shaping the Olympic games.
Long before Olympians are groomed for the cameras and briefed about the fears over the Zitka virus, big data was helping them shave tiny fractions of seconds off their competitive times, so that they could compete with the best of the best in the world.

Long before Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and Katie Ledecky stepped up to the podiums to accept their gold medals, big data was shaping their training and performance. As the competition among Olympians and their respective nations continues to get tighter, any little edge can be tremendous in terms of bringing home a gold versus bronze, or in not bringing home any medals at all. Big data is often the factor that separates one competitor from another. Here are some of the ways big data is molding and shaping the Olympic games.

Shaving Times & Improving Performance

How can a swimmer shave just a few more hundredths of a second off his lap times? How can a gymnast be just a tad more efficient on the mat or parallel bars? How can a runner cut another smidgen off his 100-meter dash time? Big data analytics can be used to find even the tiniest movements that can mean significant differences, at least in games where tiny fractions of a second mean the difference in taking home the gold medal or returning without a medal to your credit. Data analytics is used during the training phase of all Olympic sports to find little ways to make big improvements in performance, times, and other factors of winning.

Tracking Promising Talent

Using big data, trainers can literally look at snapshots of previous Olympic athletes’ careers. For example, what were Carl Lewis’ stats like at the ages of 12? 16? 21? 25? What did Nadia Com─âneci’s skills look like at those ages? Being able to see what the top talent looked like at any particular stage is the first step to identifying the next phenom.

Which is more effective during the days leading up to competition: three one-hour sessions, one three-hour session, or a single one-hour session? Big data looks at historical results to guide trainers and athletes to the best possible decisions. No more guesswork.

Utilizing the Most Effective Training Regimens

Not only can the knowledge of an athlete’s fitness level and abilities at a certain stage help identify talent for the future, it can also help trainers determine the best training regimens to groom that talent. Athletes no longer have to depend on iffy guesses by nutritionists or trainers’ personalized regimens. They have actual data on how any specific training regimen affected various athletes’ performances in the Olympic games.

Preventing Injuries

Andranik Karapetyan, a weightlifter from Armenia, succumbed to a horrific dislocated elbow this year. French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered a hideous broken leg. When you’re putting everything you are into a single competition, injuries are bound to happen. But using data analytics, trainers and professionals in sports medicine can identify the points on the body most susceptible to injury, the best training regimens for preventing injuries, protective gear and other means for lessening the chances of injury during competition, and more. If injuries are sustained, big data and data analytics can help doctors and physical therapists determine what course of treatment leads to the best possible outcome.

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