You might have seen images on Hull FC’s social media account of players wearing glasses over pre-season.
Marc Sneyd and Connor Wynne were pictured wearing them, but what are they are what do they do? Hull Live gave them a whirl.
The glasses, made by American sensory company Senaptec, look completely innocuous at first glance, like a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses.
But turn them on and your vision quickly becomes distorted, using a strobe to block your vision for a split second, and therefore significantly disrupting your perception.
As such, when something is thrown in your direction such as a rugby league ball, confusion sets in as your brain attempts to trace the balls trajectory through the air, which, of course, makes it harder to catch.
The theory is that it strengthens the communication between the eyes and the brain, and thus improving hand-eye co-ordination, which the Black and Whites obviously see as a benefit ahead of the new Super League season.
A description of the glasses on the company’s website reads: “The Senaptec Strobe is designed to train the connections between an individual's eyes, brain, and body.
“Using liquid crystal technology, the lenses flicker between clear and opaque, removing visual information and forcing the individual to process more efficiently.
“The Senaptec Strobe can be integrated into existing training drills and exercises.”
The Black and Whites have two pairs of the glasses and will continue to use them through-out pre-season as they enter their third week of training.
A pair of these glasses aren’t cheap, though. They will set you back approximately £270, but for FC you can’t put a price on success.
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