How virtual reality could change the future of goalkeeping training – The Athletic

WOBURN, Mass. Tomorrow’s goalkeepers want healthier hips. They will be more likely to stay on their feet instead of falling into the butterfly to stop a puck. They will be in better control of box control, the technique that encourages more efficient movements to stop puck. Through increased repetition, they will become sharper at reading shoot releases and responding to net-front tips. They will be freer in mind after poor performance.

All of these improvements require the adoption of virtual reality training. Brian Daccord believes this is inevitable.

Daccord, among other titles, is the director of goaltending for Sense Arena, a Czech-based company specializing in VR. Daccord cites Facebook and its sprint against the meta-verse. According to The Information, approximately 10,000 Facebook employees, nearly one-fifth of its workforce, work on virtual reality. For Daccord, it signals the certainty of VR’s future acceptance in everyday life.

Hence the upcoming Goalieverse.

Sense Arena’s platform is Oculus Quest 2. For $ 899, goalkeepers can purchase a headset and two controllers – one for the glove, the other for the block – filled with Sense Arena’s software. For existing Oculus owners, Sense Arena offers a $ 99 monthly user license. Jonathan Quick and Philipp Grubauer are two NHL goalkeepers currently using the system.

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