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Brain training for athletes to keep their head in the gameAthletes heading to the upcoming Rio Olympics have been using headsets to improve their performance, including the Halo Sport, a headset which delivers electrical impulses to the motor cortex.
[MUSIC] Rio Olympians are using technology to help keep their head in the game, including sprinter Mike Rogers. Because my body's already warmed up, and it turned on my brain, so my motor skills can already be, [INAUDIBLE] Of what I'm doing. Taylor's Sport is a headset that uses neural stimulation to help improve the brain's response to training. So the device works by applying a small electrical impulse to the part of the brain that specific for controlling movement. So it's called the motor cortex. Halo is designed to be worn during warm-ups for 20 minutes. Athletes can adjust the intensity of the impulse with the app. I'm feeling a tingling sensation. It's like slightly like pins and needles running across. I tried up the halo sport testing my grip strengths before during and after wearing the headset. The results are in, what have we seen from the data? Yeah. Yeah, so Lexi, it looks like you got better by about 9%. We can't take credit for all 9% because you were training and you were practicing. And you were probably just getting better on your own. But maybe we can take credit for some portion of that. In the lead up to the NFL combine, [UNKNOWN] says players using the headsets saw leg strength improve by 12%. Mike Rudges was skeptical when he first tried Halo, but soon felt a difference in performance. Usually, it takes me at least two or three reps to get going. Or, to get efficient. Now, that I have been using the headset, everyone is right on the The money. [UNKNOWN] feel calm, it gets me ready faster. Other athletes like beach volleyballer Kerry Walsh Jennings have used the Versus headband by Sense Labs in training. It senses brain waves and is designed to help them focus. For these athletes, using athletes to improve neuroscience is a no brainer.