Football Coaches Use Video Game Technology to Train Athletes
First Madden let the gamers play their favorite teams at home. Then EA allowed Monday night football to use Madden technology to illustrate plays. Now football coaches can use video game technology to train their athletes.
CBCsports has an excellent article on how video game technology can revolutionize the way athletes learn about football. EA has teamed up with XOS Technologies, allowing them access to the tech behind EA’s football video games to create a training simulation geared towards college and pro football players.
XOS, a Florida based company specializing in sports technology, already had the means to transfer play books to a 2D computer representation. Now the company can provide coaches with the ability to create 3D play books and virtual plays. Players run the plays in a video game environment on a lap top or PC. The program fills a definite demand in the football industry.
Rob Moore, EA Tiburon’s chief technical officer, said coaches started approaching XOS because they noticed their players were spending more time on Madden and less time watching film.
“The feedback’s phenomenal,” explained Dan Aton, XOS co-founder and chief innovation officer. “Coaches really see the advantage of taking something that virtually all of their players do anyway in their off time and really making that a learning experience.”
Although football is the most logical sport to take advantage of video game technology, Aton feels there is great potential for other sports to make use of it as well.
“Certainly the teams and coaches we’ve shown it to outside of football are extremely excited about it and are very eager to get a version for their particular sport,” he said.
Sounds like another great example of video games can make learning fun.