The NFL season kicks off tonight as the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the World Champion New England Patriots in Foxboro as Ben Roethlisberger battles Tom Brady.
While both teams feature talented quarterbacks that need little help in prepping for the new season, a wide range of younger signal callers are turning to technology to help them adapt to the speed of the NFL game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested in an advanced VR system for former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, as the rookie will lead Tampa Bay against Tennessee on Sunday afternoon in Florida.
Let me start by saying that we at SMARTfit think virtual reality is really cool, and it may be just want Jameis needs to improve his TD – INT ratio.
That said, SMARTfit gaming walls are ideal for the rest of us, as it does not provide a simulated or virtual workout, but a game-based, multi sensory, fitness experience.
For our brains and bodies to really grow, humans need to experience direct touch and contact in workouts, not simulated contact. (Although Jameis works out enough in regular training and practice, so the addition of virtual reality may be just what the QB needs).
SMARTfit gaming systems work to significantly enhance proprioception, or our body’s ability to sense the position of self and movement. Developing proprioception can be an incredibly valuable tool for humans of all ages, as it is crucial for understanding where your body is in space. If you are an aspiring high-level athlete, it’s time to understand what proprioception is, how it can improve your game and how SMARTfit can help improve this “sixth sense.”
Jamies Winston may even want to work on his proprioception, as the rookie quarterback will surely need to do a better job of sensing massive defensive players bearing down on him!
For more info on SMARTfit and how it affects proprioception, continue to follow this blog, or read our white paper, SMART Multisensory Fitness Training: The Science Behind Its Brain/Body Integrated Approach and its Effect on Brain Plasticity and Learning.