The Performance Lab: Dr. Dutch Franz & Joe Ashfield

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The Performance Lab

What’s it take to improve your performance? We’re covering topics and talking with the experts who will help an athlete get to the next level – mentally & physically. If it is about getting better, it will come from The Performance Lab powered by Sports1.

Episode 2

In this episode of the Performance Lab, we dive deep into virtual reality training, especially for the quarterback position, with the developers of REPS VR, an immersive virtual reality training system used in the football programs at Stanford and Rice. This fascinating technology is making it’s way into our lives daily and now is one of the most intriguing tools being used by innovative football programs.

How is virtual reality an effective training tool for quarterbacks?

Why is VR more effective than on-field reps?

What does the future look like for VR in athlete training?

This and more in this edition of The Innovation Lab.

Dr. Dutch Franz

Performance Psychologist
Founder, REPS VR

Dr. Dutch Franz is a practicing performance psychologist that has worked with NCAA Division I national championship programs and is a research fellow at the think2perform Research Institute. He is the creator of the VR-SETS system and has installed the system in NCAA Division I football programs and trained the coaching staff on how to establish an immersive high-fidelity VR training environment. Dr. Dutch has over 23-years of experience training elite performers in virtual environments. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in psychology, he served as an officer in US Army Special Operations. He lives in Seattle

Joe Ashfield

VP of Football Operations
REPS VR

Joe Ashfield played quarterback at St. John’s University (Minn.) under legendary coach John Gagliardi before playing a season professionally in the German Football League. He began his coaching career in New Zealand with the North Harbour Pride in Auckland from 2001-2004. Joe moved to college coaching in 2004 and has since coached at every level of college football  and has experience with every position on the offensive side of the ball. Joe has coached at both Stanford University and Rice University Football programs where he saw first-hand the power of training athletes with virtual reality. He is the current QB coach for Black Hills State University in South Dakota

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How’d They Do It

Skylar Noble

Skylar Noble

Skylar Noble is a 2018 graduate of Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, TX. At Birdville, he was a multi-sport athlete who played quarterback in football. He also played Lacrosse and ran track He currently is a sophomore quarterback at Pomona Pitzer College, a Division III school, in Claremont, CA.

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Nate Poppell

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