“It is the brain, not the heart or lungs, that is the critical organ, it’s the brain!”
Sir Roger Banister, neurologist.
First person to run the mile under 4min
What differentiates pros from the “common folk” may just be the ability to overcome limits imposed by the brain and tap into the body’s true performance potential.
These protocols apply a mild electric charge directly to the brain, which is noninvasive and safe enough even for young children. It allows specialists to facilitate neural activity in specific areas responsible for controlling a variety of functions.
While there is still a lot scientists have to discover about the underlying mechanisms, decades of international studies have demonstrated that Neurostimulation with tDCS has a unique ability to augment athletic performance. Among the benefits are:
Increased propensity to enter “flow-states” (ie. get in zone)
Enhanced strength training through increased uniformity of neural firing
Surpassed limits of maximal exertion
Deepened and prolonged concentration
Facilitation of the “brain-body connection”
Decreased perception of effort both in quantity and intensity of exertion
Improved management of physical and mental fatigue
More thorough and effective recovery from athletic exertion
The graph to the right depicts the electric potential of neurons firing. The blue line shows a neuron that has been charged with tDCS, the grey line shows a neuron without tDCS. The high point of each curve denotes the moment the respective neuron fires.
As can be seen, the blue line has a higher resting level. This means when input signals arrive, the blue line reaches the firing threshold more readily.
“altering neuron firing rates can lead to cascading effects”
two unique tDCS Protocols.
true tdcs protocols for cycling
Pre-exertion Anodal Stimulation of the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex – TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
This increases neuroplasticity, resulting in states more indicative of the functioning processes of a younger brain. Engaging in activity activates the corresponding neurons, resulting in treatment targeting neurons related to that specific activity. This form of stimulation allows neurons to build connections and fire in unison more effectively. When applied to the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex for athletes, it results in increased endurance, ability to enter “flow-states”, augmented mood, deeper and prolonged concentration, and ability to overcome mental and physical fatigue.
Post-exertion Anodal Stimulation of the Primary Motor-Cortex – to improve recovery.
Controlled studies have shown increases in what has been labelled “perceived Exertion” and “peak power output”
Peak Power Output
Applying these global changes to sports training correctly opens an entirely new landscape of possibilities for passionate athletes.
references & research
Scientific studies and articles in sports medicine and neurology
Fujiyama, et al. (2017). Neurobiology of Aging, 51.