How Olympic Athletes Are Using High-Tech Gear to Train Their Brains

Usually when you think of world-class athletes, you think about their physical—not mental—capabilities. But that discounts the important mind-body link. The theory that an athlete can perform better if he or she trains the mind as well as the body is the foundation of Halo Neuroscience, a San Francisco-based startup that offers headphone-like gear to stimulate athletes’ brains. The company boasts that several Olympic competitors, past and present, are using Halo technology for their training. Among them are sprinters Mike Rodgers and Kafsatu Kamara, hurdlers Michael Tinsley and Mikel Thomas, and pentathlete Samantha Achterbert. Rodgers will compete on the U.S. relay team and Kamara will run for Sierra Leone at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil next month. As evidence that what goes on in the noggin affects physical performance,…


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