Nike is known for creating the best possible products for athletes, whether it be apparel or footwear. But, they’re also interested in helping get the best results out of athletes across the board.
With that said, the global brand has teamed up with Seattle-based design firm Teague for a high-tech, player-friendly way for professional sports teams to fly their athletes to away games. In a proposal called “Home Advantage at 40,000 Feet,” the companies unveiled plans for a high-tech plane interior, specifically equipped to suit the unique needs and challenges of traveling athletes.
The plane includes: data centers that analyze each athlete’s physiological state; a snack bar; a massage area; individual chambers where athletes can undergo cold and compression treatments; and even lie-flat seats that can accommodate athletes up to 7 feet tall.
The reasoning behind Nike and Teague’s effort is a study that showed Major League Baseball teams lose 60% of the games for which they cross three zones. Another says athletes’ motor-functions are diminished after a cross-country flight, and stay that way for one day per each time zone crossed.
“Crowded game schedules and travel by flight is a fact of life for professional athletes,” Nike and Teague say in their proposal. “But it is one that comes at a price: injuries and suboptimal performance.”
It’s unclear how much these team planes would cost, but given the studies — and the amount of money each team invests in its players — it’s sure to be considered … especially if it helps teams win more.