NIKE INVITES [SPARQ TRAINING]
The gridiron gods over at Nike Football recently invited República to what could easily be hailed as the Mount Olympus of sports facilities–aka Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. No way we were going to halfback pass on an offer like that, so we scrambled (yes, like quarterbacks) and managed to send over our loyal Be Heard with an olive branch (or two) to rep for Team RU.
What she managed to capture and bring back is an insider's look into Nike's premier training grounds complete with a preview of the latest performance-enhancing technology and gear, insight from a few NFL pros and exclusive access into the world of the Oregon Ducks football squad.
In this first installment of our 3-part "Nike Invites" Series we take a look at SPARQ Training and the SPARQ Vapor Strobe Eyewear:
Introducing Nike's SPARQ, a sensory performance training program meant to take athletes to the next level by surpassing the standard litany of physical drills and actually working on sharpening their focus, attention, timing, imagery, reaction time, balance and peripheral vision.
The paramount tool utilized in SPARQ Training are the Vapor Strobe Eyewear. Equipped with curved plastic LCD lenses that allow for a wide field view and rechargeable battery power that lasts 10-15 hours, the flickering display give partial, and in some cases, total removal of the user's sight, resulting in a newfound dependence on senses and instincts.
When actually tested, we found that the glasses took some getting used to as they were a bit trippy. But after a few runs and some training feedback we concluded that they were surprisingly useful! Check out NFL players, Dennis Dixon and Delone Carter, as they break down the benefits of The Strobes and SPARQ Training in relation to their action on the field:
Stay tuned for part 2 of our series (airing next week) where we take a look into the world of The Nike Research Center and some of its latest endeavors.