By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -
Safety and head injuries have been a hot-button issue in high school football. But now one Kansas City native has come up with new software that's helping prep football players practice and prepare without even leaving the locker room.
Liberty High School quarterback AJ Cambric suffered a concussion a few years back. He said they mostly happen when you don't see the hit coming.
"It's a hit that you don't see. It's almost like whiplash, your body goes with the momentum," Cambric said.
Cambric says he likes the new virtual football program and headset where team plays are programmed into it and the athlete gets to see the play develop from every angle.
"With this you see where the defense is coming from," Cambric said. "You will not be caught off guard, and you'll be able to brace for contact."
"Football is a fast game and we feel like anytime we can have that kid better prepared to know what's coming at them the better off they're going to be from a safety standpoint," said Chad Frigon, the head football coach at Liberty High School.
Kansas City native Brendan Reilly came up with the new software as a trainer on the University of Kansas basketball staff.
Now his vision is reality, virtual reality.
"There's a reason our fighter pilots and our surgeons train in virtual reality, and what we want to do is take that same technology and apply it to high school, youth, collegiate football," Reilly said.
The big benefit for student-athletes comes from less time taking hits on the field and more time studying plays and reaction to those plays in the head set.
It's technology that's sweeping the country and Reilly already has close to 20 new clients in the Kansas City area, including KU.
"It was huge for us, more than anything just the input from all the colleges we've worked with," Reilly said.
Most high schools pay for the program with a fundraiser. Coaches like Frigon say it's changing the way student-athletes prepare.
"Hopefully by getting those reps and seeing those things before they actually step onto the field it can lead to them understanding what's going on around them and executing the play better," he said.
If you'd like more information on the new virtual sports software, go to eonreality.com.
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