Not long ago, our think tank was discussing the future of sports in space and why it would be needed. You see, being forced to stay in a space craft it would be hard to get the exercise needed to maintain a healthy body – sitting around a lot would just cause quickened degradation of the body. Is there something we can do about this? Yes, I believe so, we need some sort of competitive sports.
Regarding Sports in Space, obviously the games we do in space with less gravity will be different. This is what one member of our think tank had noted – Yes, I agree it changes “the game” totally and maybe that is okay too, because as you learn new sports or new ways to play old sports, you must adapt and learn the new skills you talked about, thus, use your mind more and thus, get smarter, for instance this was discussed in a recent article in the New York Times “Wellness Section” – the article was titled; “New Sports Stretch the Brain – Most of us make little effort to hone or enhance our motor skills in adulthood,” by Gretchen Reynolds, published on March 8, 2016. The article noted that: “Physical Skills can be as cognitively challenging as brain teasers.”
In Science News – it was noted that the same thing occurred in a virtual reality game where you have to learn a new skill to win or lose. Even just thinking about it, makes one consider thoughts which are practically Science Fiction and it opens a whole set of new ideas right?
One of our think tank members also noted; “Athletes train for their sports in order to deal with gravity. Basketball players train their shots to decide how to shoot the ball depending on distance because of gravity and a tennis player knows how hard to hit the ball in order for it to land in just the right spot because of gravity. If you took away a certain amount of gravity or all of it, it would require a whole new set of skills. I think if athletes specifically trained for this sort of game than it would be an incredibly thing to watch but I also don’t think it would replace the other sports on earth either. I think that sports in space would require an incredible amount of funding to produce and even more by the individual to train for and take part in but I think it would be amazing. To see someone fly through the air 50 feet and dunk a ball would be incredible and I think it would be a whole new evolution to the game. It would require us to train more types of athletes and would require the human race to grow in more spectacular ways than ever imagined before.”
Learning new skills, improving cardio and blood flow will help brain function, while sitting on your butt destroys it. So, sports in space it is. Think on this.