Not long ago I was reading a very interesting article on sports medicine in one of the major journals. The article was about human muscles and the filaments between muscles, which allowed for a rapid succession of full strength and rest. For example, a runner, or someone doing low weight, high repetition curls at the gym could move their muscles very quickly, and this filament would move back and forth. It seems to me that if we wanted to improve the game of squash, we could create a squash ball with a filament inside that would move around.
Imagine that for a second if you can; when you hit the squash ball, and depending on how hard you hit it, the filament would push forward changing the shape of the ball to a wing, the shape of the wing. When the ball hit the backboard, the filament bounced back and the wing shape returned to the player. It would make the sport faster, more rhythmic and, in fact, it would be more fun for the players. Is there anything we can do at the game of squash to increase the level of play and prevent the sport from dying out due to other more intensive sports with higher levels of excitement?
And why stop at this strategy just with the game of squash? What if we rethink golf balls, baseballs, soccer balls and hockey pucks? What if we used an innovative, high-tech hardware approach using material memory engineering to take all sports to another level? Now, I imagine that there will always be resistance fighters, those who do not want “their” sport to evolve.
After all, we saw it with the advent of snowboarding on skis. A lot of people are determined to understand how these sports are played today, and they might say something like; “Dare not play with baseball”, hockey, football, cricket or any of several sports.
Yet, we have many hybrid sports that people play for fun, such as Frisbee football. What if we had to tinker with some of these sports and equipment, and see what we have on offer? I think what we might find is that we would have a new interest in sports, new enthusiasts and more people playing in their spare time even though they were only at a local park.
If we could keep squash from dying on the vine because less and less people are playing it these days that would be a good thing, and let’s face it, when it comes to these other sports, none of us can’t hit the ball like they do in professional leagues, but maybe that would give us a better chance to hit at least one out of the park every now and then. Indeed, I hope you will consider all of this and give it some thought.