EXCLUSIVE: Leicester City and four other Premier League clubs install VR equipment backed by Thierry Henry and Gary Neville designed to fight dementia… with technology allowing players to direct balls as fast as 80mph
- Five Premier League clubs have installed virtual reality head gear
- The equipment is designed to prevent players from suffering long-term head injuries
- Sportsmail can reveal Leicester and four other top-flight teams are now using it
- Players can direct up to 100 balls in 10 minutes without any impact
- Thierry Henry, Gary Neville and Vincent Kompany support the initiative
Five Premier League clubs have installed virtual reality equipment designed to prevent long-term head injuries.
Clubs, including Leicester City, now have technology that allows players to direct balls in training without impact.
Research from Manchester Metropolitan University has found that using virtual reality from an early age can significantly reduce the risk of dementia later in life.
Five Premier League clubs have installed VR equipment designed to prevent head injuries
The pioneering breakthrough, developed by Rezzil, has been picked up by some of the country’s top clubs and is being used at academy level – with several teams incorporating it into their academies’ weekly schedule.
This sees potential future stars heading for 100 virtual balls in 10 minutes. Designed by UEFA Pro License coach Rhys Carr, the drills replicate 360-degree scenarios from the professional game and the crosses can reach up to 80mph.
The initiative is expected to migrate to first-team squads in the coming years. This follows new restrictions on headers that have come into effect – professionals are now limited to 10 “high force” headers per training week. These are encounter crossings or set pieces and aerial passes over 35 meters.
Technology, designed by Rezzil, allows players to direct balls in practice without impact
A number of senior executives and their sports science teams are using the software with players recovering from injury – replicating training drills with the feet and head without the need for contact.
Rezzil’s initiatives have been supported by Thierry Henry, Gary Neville and Vincent Kompany.
Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester City recently announced a business partnership with the company.