Some Olympians heading to Rio are training with the Halo Neuroscience Halo Sport headset, which stimulates the brain's motor cortex during training.
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As much as brute physical force helps athletes gain better stamina and strength, involving the brain in the workout can ultimately yield better development and performance. Synchronizing the brain’s motor cortex during training enables the body to build optimized neuronal circuity for athletic movement, thereby facilitating a state of hyperlearning for the body.
Halo Neuroscience has decided to implement this “neuropriming” phenomenon into their very first product, the Halo Sport headset. This headset kit aims to provide athletes the opportunity to elevate their skills, strength, endurance, and even explosiveness using technology that stimulates the brain’s motor cortex.
“Halo gives athletes an edge by increasing activation of the motor cortex during each training session,” Halo Neuroscience commented in their blog. “Increased motor cortex activation is the driving force behind Neuropriming, as it directly strengthens neural drive and enhances fast, online learning.”
This headset improves neuromuscular output for athletes, allowing them to efficiently learn how they should move their bodies in more coordinated and precise ways. This idea being implemented into every day workouts can essentially improve people’s technical abilities within their respective sports.
“My goal with Halo Sport is to improve technical positioning during hurdles, and I’m excited to say that my technique has improved a great deal since I started using the device,” Trinidad & Tobago Olympic hurdler Mikel Thomas told PR Newswire. “I feel much more confident about going into the Olympics this summer, and I know that I’ve positioned myself well for the rest of the track season.”
With its sleek design, the Halo Sport headset will seamlessly integrate itself into any workout. Many headsets out on the market can distract progress by not being ergonomically designed, so Halo Neuroscience ensures this technology will not take away from a work out, even for athletes at the most elite level.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Summer Olympics athletes who understand and believe in Halo Sport and, more importantly, are getting better results from their training,” Daniel Chao, CEO and co-founder of Halo Neuroscience, told PR Newswire. “Each athlete brings a unique background and training regimen to Rio this summer, and the training we’re doing continues to build on the work we’ve done with athletes from the Winter Olympics, military, NFL, NBA, and MLB.”
It is no surprise this organization is committed to excellence in the sports technology industry. In fact, they were recently awarded the HYPE Foundation‘s global sports startup innovation regional competition. The winner of this event gets to go to the Olympic Games in Rio and present their product in front of an international panel of judges. If the judges like what they see in Rio, Halo Neuroscience could potentially win the grand prize of 100,000 Euros from Tal Barnoach, owner of Disruptive Technologies Fund.
The Halo Sport headset kit comes at a $749 price, but the company is currently holding a discount for a limited public release of $649. Their products will likely continue to fit the highest medical-grade engineering standards that have placed them on the forefront of sports technology today.