EVERYONE’S LOOKING for an edge. That’s why we’ll freeze ourselves in cryo tanks, sweat buckets in infrared saunas, and jolt our muscles with e-stim. Now, athletes are turning to neurotechnology devices that train the brain for a leg up over the competition—even if that competition is simply beating last month’s PR.
Perhaps the most high profile (and certainly most expensive) example is the flight Trainer, a system of lights you mount on the wall or floor, which flash in accordance with a training program. You have a set amount of time to deactivate them with your hands, feet, head or a piece of equipment. The lights record reaction time, helping athletes who need lightning-fast foot- and hand-eye coordination (think soccer and basketball players) improve their speed and agility.
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September - October 2020