MnRI Seminar: Javair Gillett

Augmented Reality Training Improves Sports Performance

Ecological dynamics of sport-specific skill acquisition integrates the brain, body, and environment. Nonlinear behavioral modifications occur as information is taken in, processed, and perceived. Linking neurocognitive training with autonomic processes and muscular behavior would be valuable to the athlete looking to effectively transfer motor skill learning to game performance. Augmented Reality (AR) technology using “smart glasses” offers a user more freedom to interact with their ecosystem in real-time.

These devices, used as a neurocognitive training tool, immerse the user into a more realistic, dynamic environment. Investigations within this realm are scarce. A well-developed, evidence-based tool may improve spatial perception by allowing the user to detect and modify actions, transferrable to real, game scenarios. This current research will introduce a new AR training device and examine its usefulness in a sport-specific training environment.

About Javair Gillett

Gillett is in his 1st season with the Timberwolves as their Vice President of Sports Science and Performance after spending six seasons as the Director of Athletic Performance for the Houston Rockets. He comes to the Timberwolves with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining the Rockets, Javair spent 14 years with the Detroit Tigers in similar roles. He is certified as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC*E) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2017, Javair was voted by his peers to receive the Strength Coach of the Year award by the National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association.

Javair is currently pursuing his PhD in Health Sciences from Rush University (Chicago). He has an M.S. in Human Movement from A.T. Still University and completed his bachelor’s degree at DePauw University majoring in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Prior to joining the Tigers, Javair gained experience in the field working with the Orlando Magic during the 2002-03 NBA season, Indiana University (2001), and The Pennsylvania State University (2000). He also lettered four seasons with DePauw University’s baseball team and was given All-Conference honors two of those four years as well as All-American Honorable Mention his final season.

Javair resides in Minneapolis with his wife Erin and daughter Anabella. In his free time, Javair dedicates himself to sharing his knowledge with youth athletes, parents, and coaches; working on educational tools, and bringing awareness to help achieve fitness goals and live out a long, healthy lifestyle. Javair has been a speaker at numerous educational events and has published research articles and other educational content for a variety of resources.


Start date
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, 2:30 p.m.