When training camp begins later this month, like all teams, the 49ers can have one padded practice and one non-padded practice during their work days.
But, beginning this summer, their players will also have the ability to take a limitless number of “virtual” practice repetitions in which they can immerse themselves in a video experience.
The 49ers became the third known NFL team to enter into an agreement with Palo Alto-based STRIVR Labs, Inc., the team confirmed, as FoxSports first reported on Monday.
"We are pleased to announce our partnership with STRIVR Labs, which we believe will provide another tool to augment our players' preparation," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As all teams do, we are constantly searching for methods to better prepare us for game day. We are confident that STRIVR Labs can provide an advantage."
The company’s founder, Derek Belch, laid the foundation for STRIVR during the 2014 season with the Stanford football team. As an assistant coach while he worked on his masters thesis on exploring virtual reality applied to sports training. Belch was a kicker for the Cardinal from 2003-2007.
STRIVR has come up with technology that allows players to watch video from a device that looks similar to a scuba mask. The highly customized film sessions closely approximates being on the field and seeing plays develop from the perspective of each individual position -- not just quarterback.
The company was established in 2015, and the Dallas Cowboys were the first NFL team to become a STRIVR client. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced earlier Monday they would also use the virtual reality service. Auburn and Arkansas are among the college programs employing the technology.
Former Stanford and NFL quarterback Trent Edwards is the company’s vice president of product and business development.