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Andre Drummond VR and Free Throw improvement

Virtual Reality in Sport

Whilst doing research on the merits of using Virtual Reality for Athletes and Sporting teams we came upon something that made my jaw drop.

This was Andre Drummond’s amazing transformation as a Free Throw shooter over the space of one offseason.

Andre Drummond is a young 6 foot 11 inch centre who plays for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball League.

Drummond would often be taken out of play late in tight games as teams would target him for fouls and of course 7 times out of 10 shots he would miss.

In the 2016/17 season Drummond had a Free Throw % of 38.6%, he took an average of 4.4 Free Throws a game and averaged hits on 1.7 of them. This gave him around 137 Free Throw points over the season.

In the 2017/18 season Drummond had a Free Throw % of 60.5%, he took an average of 5.1 Free Throws a game and averaged hits on 3.1 of them. This gave him around 242 Free Throw points.

On top that Drummond plays inside and a lot of his shots would be in tight traffic and it is very easy for him to be fouled. Again, no problem for the opposition when he misses most of his shots.

With these negatives regarding his Free Throw shooting the team also misses out on points which in the NBA is a big deal, it is obviously the difference between winning and losing a lot of the time.

I was scouring through some ESPN articles and noticed a little comment about Andre Drummond improving his Free Throw percentage off the back of using Virtual Reality.

I thought cool, let’s have a look at his stats!

I visited the NBA stats site and looked the big fella up.

In the 2016/17 season Drummond had a Free Throw % of 38.6%, he took an average of 4.4 Free Throws a game and averaged hits on 1.7 of them. This gave him around 137 Free Throw points over the season.

In the 2017/18 season Drummond had a Free Throw % of 60.5%, he took an average of 5.1 Free Throws a game and averaged hits on 3.1 of them. This gave him around 242 Free Throw points.

A massive increase in numbers here, astounding!

It is fair to say that the Pistons now have Andre Drummond on the court late in games if he is fouled he will more than likely make it.

How does Virtual Reality help Andre Drummond?

Drummond says “Virtual Reality allows him to visualise himself making Free Throws after Free Throw. When in Virtual Reality he is only seeing himself successfully shoot, he does not see any misses”.

Drummond goes onto say “They record me making a ton of Free Throws, and obviously recorded the makes, and watching over and over again and just training my brain”.

He goes onto say “Its more of a mental thing, and with VR, its more reinforcement, kind of training your mind to think positively all the time. Even though your not going to make shots all the time, you still have that thought process that you are making shots”.

Drummond talks about how Virtual Reality helps his mental game, gives him peace, he knows that he can sink the shot. This is opposite of what used to happen with him getting down on himself and things can tend to spiral out of control in that situation.

Visualisation is a powerful mental tool, couple this with Immersive Video, seeing yourself in Virtual Reality doing exactly what you want to do is huge. It simply blows away those limiting beliefs with powerful positive reinforcement.

Here are some video’s which support a lot of what we write about here.

Our in-house research at Austechvr echo’s Andre Drummond’s thoughts on the subject.

Virtual Reality can be used for so many sports

Visualisation is such an important tool, now with Virtual Reality or more accurately immersive media we can have players of many sports watch themselves and reinforce their technique and belief in their ability and technique.

Who can use this technology, well pretty much any sport, look at Australian Football, Forwards who kick for goal, this is such a mental thing!

It is very similar to Free Throw shooting, no physical pressure, everyone standing back watching you have a kick at goal. You should have no problem scoring the goal in that situation right? Wrong.

There is also many other areas of the game that Virtual Reality can be used in all football codes including player skill execution and plays and structures.

I will certainly write about these other uses in other sports at a later time as this post is all about the amazing Andre Drummond.

My belief in Virtual Reality playing a massive part in helping athletes and teams moving forward is unlimited. This will be a major boon for athletes all over the world, it is our goal to help as many athletes as we can in Australia!

I must add, all credit to any athlete must go to that Athlete and coaches. Virtual Reality is a tool, granted it is a powerful tool it would be a success without athletes and coaches putting this technology into action and doing the hard work along side it.

If you think we can help you please get in touch, this is all we want, to help!

 

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