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Omaha athletes use VR technology to strengthen mental part of their games

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The days when you were only in the best of physical shape to compete in sports are long gone.

The way technology has advanced has enabled athletes to learn, train their brains, and get mentally stronger too.

It happens on the Omaha Metro.

The United Women’s Soccer Club of the Gretna Elite Academy uses NeuroTrainer this summer and see positive results.

“Everyone thinks you have to physically overtake your opponent, but often it’s more mental,” said Nebraska Women’s Soccer Player Kenzie Coons. “I think that will definitely make me more aware of what is going on around me.”

The perception of the environment is one of the many focal points of the NeuroTrainer simulations.

CEO Noah Rolland said it helps athletes focus and make faster decisions.

It is a tool that can help you achieve “peak performance”.

“When we ask an athlete, especially someone who has been training for a long time, what is your biggest challenge? Very rarely do we hear that it is about physical technology. We usually hear that it’s like, “I have to stick together under pressure. I need a more consistent performance on the field or on the pitch. I need to be able to make better decisions under pressure, and all of these things happen in the brain, ”Rolland said.

Around 8,000 athletes are currently using the NeuroTrainer.

Rolland admitted that the company is certainly not the only one trying to improve the mental part of athletes’ games, but he believes the VR aspect is new and a turning point.

They keep track of everything, and according to Rolland, athletes have improved their decision time by 40 milliseconds.

“What do 40 milliseconds mean to me when making coffee in the morning? Nothing. What does 40 milliseconds mean when I read a field and have to decide where to be and whether or not to pass? It’s hugely powerful, ”said Rolland.

The soccer players who use it in Gretna attribute the improvement on the field to the experience they had with the NeuroTrainer device this summer.

Current Husker Katie Stoneburner said it would make her more focused on games.

Mentally she is there from the start.

Grand Canyon University forward Lindsey Prokop believes that mental training of her brain has made her more assertive on the field.

“I made a lot more shots and took the players more one-on-one,” said Prokop. “I think it’s my decision-making that has changed a lot and I’ve scored seven goals in six games.”

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