Published On: Sun, Aug 7th, 2016

US Athletes Using Brain Stimulation Technology At Rio

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games has begun and athletes are competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze in different sports. To win the medals it is reported a number of athletes are using an unconventional technology which is also counted as legal by IOC.

Halo Neuroscience company from Florida is offering the technology that involves stimulating of the brain that can assist in improving performance.

The process is called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and involves wearing of a device on their head dubbed as Halo Sport to help channel a small current into the brain.

US Athletes Using Brain Stimulation Technology At Rio

In fact the motor cortex part of the brain gets a small current by the electrodes placed within the Halo Sport headset to make the neurons receptive and also to respond.

According to Halo chief executive officer Daniel Chao, the neuropriming process helps in more accurate communicating with muscles and as an aftermath the physical performance is improved.

400m hurdler Michael Tinsley, modern pentathlete Samantha Achterberg and sprinter Mike Rodgers have used the technology.

The IOC authorities currently have no specific rules over the use of tDCS by athletes. It is yet to be explored further whether the technology has potential benefits.

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