Saturday, January 18, 2014

This is utterly hard to understand - but it is basically only to connect the dots

Ramblings from a digital Floorball cowboy at the fire place.

Let us collect some observations even if they are blurry, and then try to - maybe not conclude a truth - but let these observations sink in a bit.
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- Screens of all sizes has incredible changed how people act - both at home and in public. Do U need proof = look around yourself. Mesmerizing. What does it mean? We think the chances for better knowledge is in place - but much time is also wasted on junk. Education and knowledge is two different things. So for the intellectual development this is probably good. For your body? If your tablet or phone steals time from your physical activity = Houston we have a dire problem!

- The Internet has changed music consumption, undermined media as we used to know it. On-line sales is re-writing how we buy some stuff. Some claim it will affect politics much more than today. Hierarchies are flattened and some people even think not all businesses will look like businesses tomorrow. E-books are chewing into paper books sales. So do you think sports will walk out from this 100% unchanged?

- Long Term Athletic Development is proven to produce better athletes - but the road is long like the eternity - when you compare the knowledge with what science know - and to the knowledge the local guy or gal use.  The concept of winning is that holy tomorrow? New sports emerge and?

- The Industrial era was built around strong production centers with supply and consume chains like centralized networks. 3D printers has the potential to question the full production apparatus. Schools were designed the same way with a teacher at the power center. Elite sports and many other organizations also resemble this model - each big Sport team is like a commercial factory - in place to mint coins for themselves.

- The WWF wrestling guys starts an always on - wrestling 24/7 channel on-ine and the Olympic gods wonder if wrestling always will be an Olympic Sport?

- In a week the first sport game will be broadcasted from the google glass eyewears that the players will use. Other athletic sensors including API's are standing in line to collect players physical inputs

- Computer gamers today record their own game plays - and right now this footage is viewed 12 BILLION minutes each month on the twitch channel - alone.

Wow or rather, How the heck does Floorball mix into all this that seems to change the foundation for what has been?
Could it be true that as other empires have been nudged hard by the Internet so will elite sport teams feel the bites from data driven recreational sports? If all the people stuck in front of their screens and if all the people watching video play at twitch wanted to broadcast their own physical sport - what would they want to do?
Could recreational sports with big data and and strong social bonds - and the right tools in place, like games online - in some way merge with computer games. Is sport specific social networks an initial development? But LTAD wants kids do many activities. Then the sport you do is not always about the scientific truth or what you are good at - it is also about your own identity. And if winning is not the most important may more kids stay longer in sports?

Conclusion? We think the tight recreational activities with data driven interactions - live and probably in game or in meta game activities will grow rather strong and that social media as well as gamification is a possible path forward - and this development will be on the expense of elite sports. And maybe these new systems will generate cash flow to the recreational local little sport at new levels?
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!