A hockey player is running through different drills, including one where the player is positioned right above the goal line, on the left-hand side, receiving passes from various locations at the top of the zone. The player needs to read where the pass is coming from, bring it in, shoot on the goalie, and repeat.
Training at the Sense Arena gym at the Bedford (Mass.) Edge, the player does these drills for a solid half-hour to 45 minutes and calls it a day. And then the player simply has to remove the helmet and put down the stick and the training session is complete.
Sense Arena’s virtual reality training runs through game-situation drills and provide brain training to improve as a player.
“We’re after proving brain training is the next step for an athlete. Everybody lifts weights, everybody runs on the treadmill,” said Tyler Lopinsky, the Sense Arena business development manager for North America. “What we’re after is to prove the brain is an important muscle to train. The effects of training the brain are really significant.