How The iPad Is Being Used In Sports

BY Rounak Jain

Published 8 Jul 2012

The iPad has enjoyed tremendous success since its release in 2010. It has increasingly found uses in the working lives of professionals from varied fields like enterprise, medical, education, hospitality and now sports.

The Next Web points us to a post over at the NFL site that notes that players love using the iPad as a replacement for their playbooks.

NFL team Denver Broncos made the move from actual playbooks to iPads earlier this year:

The Broncos are ditching the traditional, ultra-bulky, 500-page playbooks for iPads starting this season. The iPads will be distributed to players loaded with the week’s game plan, opponent scouting reports, video and more.

The transition has been taken pretty well by players, according to the site. Peyton Manning, a new quarterback for the Bronchos, in particular loves it.

Bronchos is one of the few teams in the NFL to have moved from traditional playbooks to a tablet. Apart from the reduction in bulk and weight, the iPad has the advantage of being accessible not just in the locker room but anywhere one likes. That means players can review game plans and study game videos. Since the information in the playbook is confidential, in case the iPad is misplaced or stolen, players can use the Remote Wipe option to erase their iPads.


The app is developed by PlayerLync, a company specializing in sports based technology solutions.

The Indian hockey team is, in a very similar manner, using Apple’s iPad to train themselves. The team uses a combination of various apps available on the App Store, rather than a single app specially designed for the sport. From The Economic Times:

He [the coach, Michael Nobbs] uses apps such as ‘AVPlayer HD’ that enable videos and replays to be played in slow motion for analysis, ‘iPlayBook Field Hockey HD’ for drawing match plays and strategy plans as well as ‘GoodReader for iPad’ – a PDF reader with annotations support that allows Nobbs to highlight elements in various files/ reports.

In team meetings, Nobbs just connects his iPad to a television using a standard HDMI cable and shares training videos, drills and plays with the squad members. Now, with each member of the team having an iPad, Nobbs is not limited to the team meetings for sharing data and ideas. He can easily share things with the team members using mail or Wi-Fi transfer from anywhere and each player can then access it on his personal iPad.

The appeal of the iPad lies in its portability, ease of use and the vast variety of apps written for it. These three features make it suitable for a large number of use cases. Apple’s dedicated enterprise iOS development program also helps in this regard.