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Virtual reality technology used by top football clubs

Sunday, November 26, 2017

MANCHESTER - Cutting edge virtual reality technology, allowing football clubs to return players to match situations and for the injured to get "match sharp", is being tested and used by top English and European clubs.

The technology, developed by Manchester-based company Mi Hiepa, is being employed by four Premier League clubs and teams in Italy and Germany are also trialling the platform.

For contractual and confidentiality reasons, the clubs cannot be identified but they include some of the biggest in the Premier League and Europe.

"This is is a revolutionary product that will help players come back from injury sooner, help players be more cognitively aware, help better decision-making on the field and prepare them for pressure situations during games," said Andy Etches, sporting director of Mi Hiepa.

The system allows a club to input their existing match data to recreate game situations which a player can then 're-enter' when he puts on the headset, with two small, light devices attached to his boots and shin pads.

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