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Visualisation in sports via Virtual Reality

VR Visualisation

Virtual Reality Sports Training.

One of the powerful aspects of using Virtual Reality in training athletes is the powerful visualisation boost it provides.

The mental side of sport is extremely important. Things like Confidence and a strong belief in oneself cannot be understated.

A lot of what goes on in a game is controlled above the shoulders.

Let us start with a story that has been told many times before about the power of Visualisation. It features Colonel George Robert Hall who was a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. He was in captivity for over 7 years and to pass the time he used to play a full round of golf, every day.

Col Hall played this full round of golf in his head, he would start off imagining getting dressed, going up to the first tee and teeing off. Every shot, every step of that round. It would take him hours!  He would do this every day for years. When he was released he got around to playing a round of golf at the New Orleans P.O.W Pro-Am Open where he shot 76.

So after 7 years on not holding a golf club, he went out and shot 4 over!! That same Pro-Am was won by Jack Nicklaus.

This is quite amazing, obviously, Col Hall had talent, but he had not played in years and had been mistreated and starved whilst a Prisoner of War. But, he was still taking reps for his golf, all in his mind.

I am not saying that Virtual Reality is going to replace hard work on the court or field. That is still needed, you need to get the ball in your hands and practice as you have done in the past. Virtual Reality gives you that added boost that you need to get that little more out of yourself after you have put in the hard work.

I am not saying that Virtual Reality is going to replace hard work on the court or field. That is still needed, you need to get the ball in your hands and practice as you have done in the past. Virtual Reality gives you that added boost that you need to get that little more out of yourself after you have put in the hard work.

Where does Virtual Reality come into this?

Well, imagine I am a basketballer that struggles horribly with my Free Throws (It is true). How can I get better, I can practice, practice some more and then on top of that, you guessed it. More practice.

Practice is key, key for your shot mechanics, confidence and routine.

Now you only get so much time as a player to practice. What if we could give me extra reps via a Virtual Reality Headset.

I could sit there and watch myself shoot free throw after free throw in Virtual Reality.

Now, this is powerful visualization. You are actually there, watching yourself in an immersive environment nailing Free Throws. Of course, we would edit your practice session so that I see no misses.

What do you think this does to your mind? It provides you with a massive advantage!

You really know and believe that if you stick to your routine, shoot true with the correct technique that you are going to make those shots!

Ian Mahini of the Washington Wizards says it like this! (Mahini and the Wizards work with STRIVR“It is like building muscle memory, but for your brain” – “Kind of like ok, if you see it, your brain is going to register it. And then, when you shoot live, you’re going to think about it and see yourself shooting and making. You know you can do it.”

There are also other benefits, such as noticing little ticks in your technique!

I can notice little things I am doing wrong with my technique such as dropping my hands a little or having my elbow out.

Make no mistake, confidence is a major boost in performance for individuals and teams. Confidence creates momentum and momentum creates success.

So, I can now sit there with my headset on from between 7 – 20 minutes before training, before a game and prime my mind for success.

I can be getting extra mental reps without draining my body on the court and building more and more confidence.  This is just one aspect where Virtual Reality can be a very powerful tool for athletes and sporting teams.

Also, be aware. I am not saying that Virtual Reality is going to replace hard work on the court or field. That is still needed, you need to get the ball in your hands and practice as you have done in the past. Virtual Reality gives you that added boost that you need to get that little more out of yourself after you have put in the hard work.

If you are interested in finding out more how Virtual Reality can help your athletes or team, please contact me.

Any questions please send an email to sales@austechvr.com.au.

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