Many of us use iPads to watch Netflix or answer emails.
Pro athletes do, too.
However, they also use the portable tablets to help them study game film, scouting reports and playbooks.
It's 2018. No one is interested in lugging around folders stuffed with coffee-stained papers or being forced into a dingy projector room anytime they want to watch film.
"For us new-tech-era kids, it's nice, because it's all in one system. You take notes on it, you can load up film, you got your playbook. So it's a one-stop shop," NFL wide receiver Eric Decker told Fox Sports of his team-issued iPad in 2011.
Team employees can also make sure that each player's device is consistently updated with the video clips, statistics and plays most important to them, making good study habits even easier.
And by making the devices and apps password-protected, losing a digital playbook isn't nearly as big of a sports sin as misplacing a physical one.
Pro teams also use iPads (or a similar device, such as a Microsoft Surface) to break down film on the sidelines throughout the game.
When a new pitcher enters the game from the bullpen, for example, many MLB hitters will watch clips of their previous outings on the dugout iPad to get a better sense of the pitcher's stuff and strategy.
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