I recently had the opportunity to talk with the Head of Partnerships at Halo Neuroscience, Kane Russell. His genuine passion about his product and understanding of how to optimize athletic performance was profound. This amplified my excitement about Halo Sport and what it can do for consumers and all types of athletes by unlocking the brain’s potential.
Halo Sport is the brainchild of two doctors who had previously developed a device to treat epilepsy. Their research showed how a brain stimulation implant was able to counteract the beginnings of seizures in patients. This breakthrough technology inspired them to develop a non-invasive brain stimulator, and after a year of discussing what a company might look like, they founded Halo Neuroscience in 2013. Three years of research, retooling, and patent applications later, Halo Neuroscience’s first product, Halo Sport, was introduced to the public in February 2016.
Halo Sport affects the brain’s neuroplasticity—the brain’s innate capability to learn new skills by creating additional, stronger neuronal connections and pathways. With Halo Sport’s headphone form-factor, stimulation is applied to the brain’s motor cortex. After Neuropriming with Halo Sport, the motor cortex is placed in a temporary hyperplastic state, meaning neuromuscular connections are more readily made and enforced. When paired with training, this results in increased and improved strength, explosiveness, endurance, and fine motor skills (aka “muscle memory”).
New parents see an example of neuroplasticity in action every day when they watch their children learn to grab objects. Initially, this new motor skill is very sloppy, as the child’s brain has not yet learned to properly control muscular movement. However, over time and with constant repetition, babies can precisely grab objects in exactly the way they want. It all comes down to proper neuroprogramming while the brain is in a plastic state through continued repetition.
Helping the brain acquire new skills faster by inducing a temporary state of hyperplasticity is precisely how Halo Sport operates. The hyperplastic state starts during a 20-minute neurostimulation session, which is followed by an additional 60 minutes during which athletes can feed their brain repetitions of intense activity or sport. When paired with training, Halo Sport allows the brain to accelerate the development of neural connections and pathways, giving the athlete gains in power, speed, endurance and/or fine control movements (according to whatever type of training the athlete completes).
Exact results for Halo Sport vary depending on the type of training, athlete, and other factors, but several research projects conducted under double blind, sham-controlled conditions gave the Halo team confidence in Halo Sport. With organizations like the United States Ski Team, San Francisco Giants, Michael Johnson Performance Center, and Barwis Methods, Halo Sport improved athletic performance by roughly 10% over a control group after 10 workouts. These gains are significant for any level of athletic ability, whether it’s a weekend warrior or Olympic-level athlete. A 10% margin is the difference between reaching for that next level plateau, winning your next race, or medaling at your next event.
Halo Sport should be used every day approximately 20 minutes before you engage in training. It is best suited when you target training that’s designed to improve peak performance —whether it’s sprinting speed, bench press strength, 3-point shooting skill, exploding up a hill climb, or even learning a Mozart piece. Fine-tuning my own skills by Neuropriming will help me as an athlete become a better performer. I recommend Halo Sport to anyone looking to improve via movement-based training—it is cutting-edge technology of the future that is not only noninvasive and easy to use, but also takes just 20 minutes and can help any athlete improve performance.