WILLIAMSTOWN, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Williamstown High School boy’s and girl’s tennis programs with assistance from the Williamstown Tennis Group Association have teamed up with Sense Arena, the Czech technology company.
This is Sense Arena’s first High School tennis relationship.
Sense Arena will supplement Williamstown’s tennis program with innovative virtual reality technology aimed at enhancing the player’s training and thought process, specifically addressing mental aspects such as concentration, focus, eye-hand coordination and to help players make better decisions and improve their confidence.
The system will operate through Meta Quest VR headsets and will include a racquet-like device (Haptic) to emulate real-life tennis environments.
“VR (Virtual Reality) and quite possibly AFI (Artificial Intelligence) coupled with sports training is the wave of the future in High School Tennis,” said Williamstown Tennis Coach, David Leo.
“This will open a world of possibilities for players to work on cognitive skills that you would not otherwise get with live court time. It’s the perfect tool to use on days when we want to train the mind and work on cognitive twitch muscles, really focusing on the physiological characteristics of tennis.”
“We are excited to dive into the partnership with our first High School Tennis Program. Athletes everywhere can benefit from the impact of cognitive training and the use of VR tools, and we are glad Williamstown High School and their tennis programs are taking the first steps towards the modernization of training,” said Tyler Lopinsky, Director of Operations for Sense Arena USA.
“The brain is a muscle, and being able to train the brain at any time, in any location will allow these athletes to see more metal reps, have a safe space to make mistakes, to seek results, and have fun in the process.”
Sense Arena has been supplementing NCAA / D-1 college hockey programs with their product since 2018.
As it currently stands, ten NCAA D-1 hockey schools are using the company’s ice hockey technology.
Since expanding into tennis in November 2022, many notable players have begun using and partnering with Sense Arena’s technology.
Those include International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova, ATP pros Miomir Kecmanovic, Emil Ruusuvuori, and Jack Sock, and WTA pros Jennifer Brady, Marie Bouzkova, Brenda and Linda Fruhvirtova, and Luisa Stefani.
The technology is also used by University of South Florida men’s and women’s tennis teams, as well as the ATP (BASEL, Switzerland), Junior Tennis Champions Center (College Park, Md.) and the SVB Tennis Academy (Zephyrhills, Fla.).