Genesis of the MVP
Buddy Teevens, Head Football Coach at Dartmouth College, has a very simple philosophy, which has led to dramatically better football teams:
1) No player will ever tackle a teammate in a live contact setting.
2) The fundamentals of tackling must be taught in controlled environments.
3) Simulate live tackling technique using mobile training devices, such as the MVP.
Watch Buddy in the video below discussing his philosophy of no live tackling in practice. The video provides a few examples of drills that helped Dartmouth win the Ivy League Championship in 2015.
Mobile Virtual Player LLC is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Lincoln MA & Bradford VT, that specializes in innovating and developing game changing technology that simulates human motion and performance for sport and other training applications so that athletes can train and compete in a safer environment. MVP created the world’s first rigorously engineered robotic mobile tackling dummy. Using state-of-the-art mechanical and electronic design, MVP’s team of engineers and designers are revolutionizing how athletes train for any sport, safely.
The “Mobile Virtual Player” (MVP) is the only powered training device that replicates an in-game experience by simulating the size, weight and agility of an athlete. Resembling an ordinary tackling dummy from the outside, the MVP defies its ordinary appearance with its mobility, its self–righting, and its ability to be controlled remotely. Its motorized system is encased in foam, protecting the athlete while they train with an MVP. MVP technology represents innovative engineering by offering maneuverability and agility to training devices that have been stationary for decades.
In 2018, the proven technology was then adapted for testing by municipal SWAT units and Naval Special Warfare personnel. MVP developed HEKTR (human engageable kinetic training robot) in response to operators’ need for a realistic, mobile live fire training target. HEKTR employs revolutionary MVP-developed bullet sensing technology, all-terrain 4WD capability, and live fire target feedback through an iOS app.