Virtual reality (VR) has been used for a number of years for training purposes mainly by the military due to the expense of the systems. As modern VR technology by company’s like Oculus VR have helped improve and reduce the cost, its application in a wider range of fields has grown. Now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team have purchased a new VR teaching system for rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.
ESPN have reported that when the Bucs begin training in August they will be using the Sidekiq football-simulator software developed by EON Sports VR.
EON Sports VR CEO Brendan Reilly said: “Virtual reality has become very popular in high school and college programs, and there has recently been much more interest in the technology from professional sports teams looking to add to their teaching tools while limiting exposure to injuries that may occur in live-action situations,” adding: “We are excited to get to work with the Buccaneers and provide their quarterbacks with the opportunity to train more efficiently than ever before.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said about the new technology: “We are excited to be coming in on the front end of this new wave of technology that is designed to supplement the on-field and classroom work that our quarterbacks are already doing. Obviously, there is no real substitute for being on the field when it comes to getting our players ready for game action. However, this virtual-reality technology allows us to enhance the learning experience for our quarterbacks without requiring them to put in additional time on the practice fields.”
The VR system from EON Sports VR generates game conditions and allows customisation of virtual scenarios to be created from the same view point as the player.
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