Friday February 17, 2017

Future NFL 1st-Rounder Deshaun Watson Trained to Pick up Blitzes in VR

Well, there's another practical application for VR. NCAA teams are now using VR to help train their players to quickly identify plays and respond to them. Deshaun Watson apparently spent up to 40% of his time in VR practicing how to recognize and pick up blitzes. This seems to have paid off, as when facing the blitz in the final quarter of the most recent title game, Watson completed 6 of 7 passes with two touchdowns.

Football may be one of the early adopters using this tech for training, but I can't imagine that it will be long before we see it turning up all over the place in the workforce and elsewhere. Thanks to Cageymaru for the link.

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"I didn’t know what to expect early on from (the VR), but it’s been great for us," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says. "We’ve learned how to maximize the efficiency of it. Deshaun might go through yesterday’s blitz script. (Linebacker) Ben Boulware can go in and practice without having to practice. Sometimes a guy who is hurt can still get mental reps. There’s just so many uses for it. It’s been a great teaching tool."

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