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Virtual reality in sports, real gains achieved with virtual tools

Today, we are entering an era where space is no longer a boundary and where you are able to practice the sport of your choice from any given location, unconstrained. We are entering the time of Virtual Reality sport and sporting competition.
Virtual reality in sports, real gains achieved with virtual tools

Sport has always been a matter of effort and endurance. Be it outdoors—in the basketball court, running track or your local schoolyard—or indoors, you went there to sweat and to satisfy your thirst for victory. Sometimes it was all about what made the game exciting—the technique and team spirit. 

On other occasions, it was the surroundings. The park, the forest, the mountain range. Today, we are entering an era where space is no longer a boundary and where you are able to practice the sport of your choice from any given location, unconstrained. We are entering the time of Virtual Reality sport and sporting competition.

A number of various disciplines are already available for the VR platform. The obvious starting point are those games that resemble sporting games. Thus, you can choose between a variety of games using some form of rackets of which the VR controllers are often lookalikes. Among these Virtual Reality sports you will find numerous examples of tennis and table tennis, baseball and squash, bowling and curling, football and basketball as well as countless racing games. Rally racing, Formula 1, Nascar racing, demolition derby, drag racing—you name it, VR sport has them all.

There’s also disciplines specially crafted for the VR experience such as mountain climbing or sailing. Virtual Reality sport, unlike the one you’re used to practicing, has no space constraints. You can even practice some disciplines in zero gravity… in outer space. And all those fancy locations and options are not just a whim of over-caffeinated gaming industry executives. They actually serve a purpose.

VR sports or how to overcome boredom

With Virtual Reality sport you can be anywhere you like anytime you like. This means you get all the benefits of a sports training session without its hardest part—getting yourself to doing it. There are several mechanisms at work here, but, to put it in a nutshell, Virtual Reality sports present you with the opportunity of forgetting about the monotonous and often dull aspects of doing repetitions at the gym.

You are not just finishing a series of repetitions in a training routine. You are scoring points, fighting against opponents and obstacles, and basically having fun while at it. As boredom is your actual archenemy in sticking to your workout, Virtual Reality sports are the perfect solution to make it entertaining and positively addictive. 

Live! from the stadium

The Virtual Technology industry is still far away from reaching its full potential. New initiatives are being launched and among them a brand new way of enjoying sporting events—VR streaming. It is a fundamentally different experience when you’re not just staring at the screen but experience things as if you were there.

The list of events available for VR streaming is already quite extensive, including major league basketball, football and soccer games. Due to the broadened and improved experience of fans worldwide, the popularity of this service is only going to increase.

VR addressing human health challenges

Applications of Virtual Reality technology to sport are not limited just to workout, entertainment and spectatorship. A whole new area of research and medical investigation is booming around uses of VR for physical therapy. It is considered an immensely useful tool for restoring motor balance and coordination training. This is necessary as a result of severe conditions such as a stroke or acquired brain injuries. VR games also help to overcome movement and posture disorders.

Another implementation of VR in sports focuses on teaching young people to recognize symptoms of concussion. These commonly occur in sports such as football, hockey or gymnastics. Through increased awareness of the issue and being able to identify its manifestations, high school and college students are now given the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge about how to stay safe.

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