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The Future of Fitness : Health & Fitness Predictions for 2017
Written By : Scott Bird
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As has become customary at this time of year, I’ll share a few thoughts on the fitness-related changes I suspect we’ll see in the year ahead. Things that will have an impact whether you’re on the ‘training regularly‘ or ‘fitness professional‘ side of the fence.

Diving in :

  • Suspected brain injuries are diagnosed on sporting field sidelines, while the play continues. Players are often cleared and returned within the same game.
    NB : even if a brain injury is discovered, it is quite possibly treatable. For more on this, see the piece on Therapeutic Hypothermia we looked at recently.
  • Wearable devices begin to include constant blood glucose monitors. Paired with their health & fitness recommendations, these begin to become far more common.
    Particularly among professional athletes.
  • Human trials of synthetic blood begin. It even gets used in surgery.
    NB : this doesn’t wipe out the need for blood donations – yet.
  • Virtual Reality has a vast number of potential uses, one of which is an anatomy app. Several of these are created, initially for educational uses.
    NB : as the technology improves, these apps become far more powerful – gradually incorporating more and more actual patient data.
  • Pain levels become quantifiable – measured via an implanted or an external device. Initially for use solely in a handful of medical settings, quickly moving to hospice and home care environments.
  • The X-Prize ‘tricorder‘ competition wraps up, with the birth of several extremely promising medical diagnostic devices. Handheld, and able to automatically diagnose an ever-growing list of illnesses.

Over to you. What are your own thoughts on the various items above? What else would you expect to see, and when?

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you’d like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.

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