How Shocking Your Brain Can Make You Better At Sports

TDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) is a form of brain stimulation that uses constant, low direct current delivered through electrodes on the head. TDCS has been around for over 100 years but has gained popularity in the sports world in the last few years. Elite athletes like Olympic sprinter Mike Rodgers and the USA 2018 winter olympic ski team have all used a TDCS device called the Halo Sport, which was created to enhance learning ability for movement and sports skills.

Benefits

TDCS has quite a long list of benefits, although it should be said that the safety of this technique has not been well studied for long term effects or safety in general. It's probably wise to wait until further research is done in the safety of this technique before trying it yourself. That being said some potential benefits are pretty significant, here are some examples:

  • improved learning acquisition 
  • decrease pain in chronic pain conditions
  • enhanced language learning ability
  • improved sleep quality
  • improved focus
  • improved visual attention 
  • improved verbal reaction time
  • and much more

This following video is a story from the Radio Lab podcast. It's an fascinating story about TDCS and shows the huge potential benefits.

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Disclaimer

The material on this blog is for informational purposes only. As each individual situation is unique, you should use proper discretion, in consultation with a health care practitioner, before undertaking the protocols, diet, exercises, techniques, training methods, or otherwise described herein. The author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects that may result from the use or application of the information contained herein.