Virtual Reality Disrupting Professional Sports
Professional teams almost always study and examine past film of their performance. These films are viewed from a different view and perspective from a camera far off the field. The vantage point is much different from what a player might view during a game. VR technology will now allow coaches and players the ability to experience plays from a first-hand perspective. STRIVR Labs, a VR startup, creates VR training videos shot from the perspective of the player during practices. This enables players to receive realistic, repetitive training by using a VR headset. For example, QB’s can review missed opportunities on a play multiple times without experiencing the physical wear and tear that a contact sport contains. This allows players to prepare for games without the exact presence on the field, where they risk injury. VR has yet to reach its full potential in professional sports, but I suspect more teams more teams, professional and recreational, will invest in VR technology in the next 5 years. Do you think high budget programs will be the only ones able to invest in this technology? Will this create an unfair advantage to those who do not have the budget to adopt?