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Falcons Thinking of Using 3-D Film This Year at Practices


The Falcons are having talks with StriVR Labs, a virtual reality company with software that allows players a 3-D look at live action from practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Falcons are very interested in the new technology, but have not reached an official agreement with the company, according to the firm.

If a deal is reached, the Falcons would join the Dallas Cowboys as the only NFL teams using a drone to film part of their practices and use virtual reality to help their players improvement .

Clemson, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Auburn have used the technology that was developed former Stanford kicker Derek Belch.

Under Falcons general manager Thomas Domitroff, the franchise has looked to technology to help improve player performance.

Back in 2011, the Falcons and Polar USA entered into an agreement to use heart rate monitors to establish work load and peak efficiency times.

“We will always be an organization that will attempt to be on the front end of the learning curve when it comes to nutrition, sports science, and the athletic performance of our athletes,” Dimitroff said at the time of the deal. “Because of the cutting-edge Polar technology, we are now able to closely monitor our players to ensure they perform at a very high level as well as taking the necessary steps to properly recover.”

In 2013, the Falcons entered into an agreement with Catapult, an Australian company, to provide them with GPS athlete tracking technology.

At that time, the devices were used by seven other NFL teams to monitor athlete movement and they let the team know how hard each player is working.

In 2014, the Falcons entered into a deal with Sparta Sports Science to develop an athletic performance program based on “force plate” technology.

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