Virtual reality the latest training tool for football players

Virtual reality the latest training tool for football players
Virtual reality the latest training tool for football players

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue quarterbacks have been using a different type of training technique lately.

“When we get to do reps in the comfort of my own living room, like a live game rep, it’s only going to increase our efficiency and decision-making when we’re on the process of being on the field,” said Purdue quarterback David Blough.

Quarterbacks on Purdue’s football team have been utilizing what new technology has to offer. Virtual reality goggles are the latest form of training for the players.

Quarterback coach Tim Lester has used the goggles when he was coaching at Syracuse.

“We used them last year at Syracuse, it made a big difference,” Lester said. “We had a young freshman, a true freshman, that had to play due to injury and saw huge improvement for him.”

Once the quarterback puts the goggles on, there are four different quarters the players can choose from. Each quarter has 20 plays that rotate each time the quarter is played. From that point, it’s as if they’re in the game.

“You’re in the helmet. It’s virtual, so it’s like a video game so it’s basically like playing Madden from the helmet of the quarterback,” Lester said.

“I look into this headset and I can see pretty much where my eye sight would be as if I’m in the helmet,” said Blough.

Lester says there aren’t any plans to cut back on physical training, but the goggles will really come into play during off months.

“As soon as spring ball is over, that’s all they’ll be doing for the next three and a half, four months,” Lester said.

Aside from football, the players have even had a little bit of fun with the goggles.

“It’s actually kinda cool, I’ve been riding roller coasters and walking with dinosaurs in the virtual reality headset on different applications,” Blough said.

Including Purdue, there are only six college teams using virtual reality for training. Lester also says he is able to track the progress of players, which is run through a smart phone app.

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