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

WOBURN, Massachusetts – Tomorrow’s goalkeepers will have healthier hips. They will be more likely to stay on their feet rather than fall into the butterfly to stop a puck. They will better master box control, the technique that encourages more efficient moves to stop pucks. More reps will make them sharper at reading shooter releases and responding to net-front tips. They will be freer after poor performance.

All these improvements presuppose the adoption of virtual reality training. Brian Daccord believes it 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 to the metaverse. According to The Information, about 10,000 Facebook employees, nearly a fifth of the workforce, work on virtual reality. For Daccord, it means the certainty of future adoption of VR in everyday life.

Hence the upcoming Goalieverse.

Sense Arena’s platform is the Oculus Quest 2. For the price of $899, goalkeepers can purchase a headset and two controllers – one for the glove, the other for the blocker – loaded with Sense Arena’s software. For existing Oculus owners, Sense Arena offers a $99 per month user license. Jonathan Quick and Philipp Grubauer are two NHL goalkeepers who currently use the system.

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