Amazon and Microsoft AI train Olympians and NFL players

In today's world of elite athlete training, technology plays a crucial role in enhancing performance. Trainers and coaches are now utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze data and provide personalized feedback to athletes. For example, trainers at U.S. Soccer are using AI technology to track player movements and ball positions in real-time, allowing them to study various performance metrics and make data-informed training plans.

Major tech companies, such as Microsoft and Intel, are also lending their expertise in AI to sports organizations. USA Surfing, for instance, has partnered with Microsoft engineers to analyze data on surfers' body movements, surfboards, and waves, helping them identify areas for improvement.

One notable application of AI technology is the creation of 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) by Intel's Olympic Technology Group. Trainers use 3DAT to create three-dimensional models of athletes' bodies, allowing them to analyze movement and make adjustments to improve performance. Exos, a coaching company training college football players, uses 3DAT to analyze the 40-yard dash and provide real-time feedback to athletes.

The National Football League (NFL) has also embraced AI and computer vision to enhance its Digital Athlete program. By analyzing data from sensors and cameras, the program tracks speed, collisions, blocks, and tackles, providing insights to help players stay healthy and perform at their best. The AI technology used in the program can accurately identify and classify head collisions, allowing trainers and coaches to manage players' workloads and prevent injuries.

Another emerging technology in elite athlete training is the use of digital twins, virtual replicas that simulate real-world scenarios. Tata Consultancy Services recently partnered with Dassault Systèmes to develop a digital twin heart for Olympic marathoner Des Linden. The digital twin heart simulates Linden's cardiovascular parameters, allowing her trainer to fine-tune her training without physically running.

AI is even being used in planning athletes' diets and nutrition. An AI-powered app called Notemeal generates individualized meal plans based on data collected from professional sports dieticians. Athletes can access the app to receive personalized meal plans, shopping lists, and recipes.

Overall, technology, particularly AI, is revolutionizing elite athlete training by providing real-time feedback, analyzing performance metrics, and simulating scenarios to optimize training and performance. As technology continues to advance, athletes and trainers are leveraging these tools to improve their performance and lifestyle.


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