A new technique has been implemented to aid in the prevention of long-term head injuries.
Five Premier League clubs have implemented virtual reality (VR) technology aimed at reducing long-term brain injuries.
The technology enables players to head balls without contact during training, after studies performed by Manchester Metropolitan University that indicated that utilizing VR produced by Rezzil can greatly minimize the chance of getting dementia later in life as a result of early years heading.
Some of the country’s major teams have embraced the concept, piloting it at the academy level and incorporating it into their weekly training plans. Manchester City is one of them, having formed a deal with the firm earlier this year.
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Players who are recuperating from injury are also putting the technology to the test, with sports scientists and coaches utilizing workouts with both their feet and heads to allow for contact-free training.
According to the Daily Mail, players will be required to head up to 100 simulated balls in a 10-minute period, with exercises simulating real-world match conditions, including balls that are crossed in at speeds of up to 80mph.
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Professionals are now allowed ten ‘high force’ headers every training week, and the new virtual reality technology is anticipated to be included in first-team training sessions in the coming years.
Several prominent players have endorsed the idea, including Vincent Kompany, Gary Neville, and Thierry Henry.