This process induces a temporary state of hyper-learning or “hyperplasticity” in the brain, which refines the brain’s ability to learn and adapt to training. This allows you to see better results, faster.
When combined with an existing strength training regimen, the Halo Sport headset induces a temporary state of hyper-learning or hyperplasticity in the motor cortex. This enables the brain to send stronger and more synchronized signals to the muscles, leading to stronger and more explosive muscle contractions. In this way, athletes can train their brains to drive their muscles to their true potential, rendering workouts more productive and efficient.”
- Bench press
- Vertical Jump
- Playing an instrument
- Swinging a golf club
- Target accuracy
Research indicates that athletes would benefit immensely from training the brain, but up until now, the discussion has only been theoretical. At Halo Neuroscience, we’ve developed a concrete solution to address the challenge of training the neuromuscular circuitry of athletes. Our product, Halo Sport, uses cutting-edge brain stimulation techniques to allow athletes to tap into their muscles’ full capacity.
When combined with an existing strength training regimen, the Halo Sport headset induces a temporary state of hyper-learning or hyperplasticity in the motor cortex. This enables the brain to send stronger and more synchronized signals to the muscles, leading to stronger and more explosive muscle contractions. In this way, athletes can train their brains to drive their muscles to their true potential, rendering workouts more productive and efficient.
Movement is complex: each time your body moves, there are tens of thousands of neurons sending electrical signals. Whether you’re training for a marathon, learning a new piano piece, or working on your vertical, your brain needs to refine how it tells your muscles to make the complex movements required. The brain’s unique ability to fine-tune itself—called plasticity—allows it to do just that.
Plasticity means your brain can strengthen existing connections between neurons and even form new functional pathways. Through this process, you progress from the raw, unrefined movements of a novice to the powerful, precise movements of an expert.
Optimizing your motor cortex helps your muscles perform better in a number of ways.
Motor skills rely on the brain to send signals to the correct muscles and parts of muscles in the right order. Through plasticity, your brain is able to ensure that your neurons are working together for a precise result, like playing an instrument, sinking a putt, or leaping a hurdle.
Endurance relies on the motor cortex to repeat an action for an extended period of time. Each time you take a step, swim a stroke, or pedal a bike, your brain and your muscles consume energy. Via plasticity, your training leads to more efficient movements, reducing the energy cost of each action and allowing you to endure for a longer period of time.
Strength relies on the motor cortex to ensure that your muscle fibers are contracting together and not competing with each other. Powerful output requires the coordination of the many thousands of neurons that activate a group of primary and synergist muscles. With plasticity, the brain learns to contract more useful muscle fibers and relax opposing fibers, allowing you to lift more.
The green line represents a neuron primed for hyperplasticity, with an elevated starting point. Similar to the unprimed neuron above, as signals come in, the line again rises until it reaches the electrical threshold and fires an action potential. The difference is that it now takes less input to trigger the neuron to send a signal. This means that more signals will be sent for a constant amount of input, and — even more importantly — nearby neurons will be more likely to fire together. Because plasticity is driven by neurons firing together as they send and receive signals, this leads to hyperplasticity — better, faster fine-tuning of your brain’s neuronal connections.