Not everyone is born with the physical gifts of a LeBron James or Odell Beckham Jr. With that being said, it’s every athlete’s job to maximize their potential by training harder and smarter than their competitors.
Having built a career around using electricity to interact with the brain, Daniel Chao, CEO of Halo Neuroscience, has come up with a product that allows every athlete to tap into their own “harder and smarter.”
The idea of neurostimulation has been of major interest to Chao and fellow co-founder Brett Wingeier. “If we could use electricity to neuromodulate for treatment of diseases or to help otherwise healthy people get more out of their brain, that would be a transformative product,” Chao said.
While it is mainly athletes who use the product, Chao says that sports weren’t necessarily the initial target when they began their work with neuroscience and neurostimulation.
“How we got to sports, and how this conversation is even happening, it really was the data that led us here into an application in sports.”
The application in sports led them to designing a product called Halo Sport. Halo Sport is a headset that stimulates a special part of the brain called the motor cortex, which is responsible for controlling movement in our bodies.
“If you stimulated the motor cortex and we paired that with movement based training, we would see dramatically accelerated results over a control group,” Chao said.
TJ Carrie, a cornerback for the Oakland Raiders, is a perfect example of an athlete who has seen these dramatic results in the form of concrete data.
Carrie underwent two open-heart surgeries while in high school and wasn’t allowed to play football because of it.
Eventually, he was able to play just enough his senior year to earn a spot on the football team at Ohio University.
After leaving Ohio in 2013, Carrie participated in the NFL combine and was drafted in the seventh round by the Raiders.
Anybody familiar with the NFL will tell you that the probability of a seventh-round draft pick finding success in the league, let alone earning a roster spot, is slim.
Nevertheless, Carrie is in the midst of his third season with the Raiders and is playing well thanks in-part to his use of Halo Sport during offseason training.
“He’s a guy we love to work with, he had an incredible offseason,” mentioned Chao. “He got another seven inches on his vertical and added another 90 pounds to his squat max.”