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VR For Athletes and Spectators

Sport is becoming increasingly important in a society with a tendency towards sedentary lifestyles like the one we currently live in. In this sense, virtual reality can become a helpful complement both in the case of professional athletes and in that of all those people who practice physical activity with the primary objective of leading a healthier life.

It has also been a beneficial element for spectators who are fond of sports. As most fans may already be aware, virtual reality applications cover very diverse sectors such as tourism, education, health, and online gaming, such as what is found in an online casino. However, one growing interest in sports has wholly overtaken the VR industry. 

VR Applied in Sports

If users were to focus on the case of professional athletes, or those who regularly participate or compete in a sport, virtual reality could offer advantages when it comes to training. This is thanks to VR’s capability of providing athletes the possibility of experiencing, in advance, what they are going to face days later at a specific professional competition or event.

In other words, virtual reality can transfer athletes to their field, track, and/or sports setting with great success and the advantage of replicating realism. Once there, athletes can plan and improve the team or individual strategies, run plays or techniques, or increase their capacity and reaction speed. 

This is very helpful and useful when carrying out the corresponding physical activity. In addition, coaches can check how their players react and modify, if necessary, lines of action or planning.

If one were to look at some examples of sports in which virtual reality is already being used, one would find, for instance, motorsports, where drivers can replicate the race through the different circuits. In basketball, shots or team strategies can be run and rehearsed multiple times. 

In various athletic competitions, athletes can replicate a track. In golf, shots can be rehearsed and thus predict what the trajectory of the ball will be. All these aspects have changed the course of sports and the growing bond with highly developed tech such as VR. 

VR Applied to Common Exercises

Virtual reality, as some might tend to believe, is applicable to professional athletes. In addition, it is also helpful for those who seek to improve their habits or their physical condition and begin to practice physical exercise, either at home or in a gym.

VR glasses can transport anyone to different scenarios while exercising on a treadmill, an elliptical, or a stationary bike. In this sense, VR will allow them to transport themselves to the real settings of competition while biking from the comfort of their home. This is just another example of VR applied to everyday exercises and routines. 

VR For Spectators

As was previously pointed out, virtual reality can also be beneficial for spectators who are fans of sports competitions. This is particularly useful for the fans who cannot go to the field or track where the competition takes place. Here, these fans can implement VR to view and experience the specific competition or event as if they had front-row tickets. 

All these fans or spectators need to put on VR goggles and then be automatically transported to where the contest is being held, experiencing it with the same intensity they would if they were right there.

In the US, basketball, WWE, and American football are all examples of sports that have opted for virtual reality to offer a better experience to their viewers. For example, basketball fans can enjoy the experience of seeing LeBron James at Crypto.com Arena and see him lead the Purple and Gold to victory. 

Some fans might want to experience what it is to see Tom Brady make his next play. Some might also want to get a vibe of what Lionel Messi experiences when he takes a free kick. This is what VR is already allowing spectators and fans to experience.

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Ruth Doyle