SAN FRANCISCO, March, 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Francisco Giants have partnered with Halo Neuroscience, a San Francisco-based company that develops neurotechnology to unlock human potential for both performance and medical applications.
The strength and conditioning staff for the Giants completed a successful proof-of-concept test of Halo Neuroscience's first product, Halo Sport, and measured accelerated gains in player performance. As a result, the Giants began to incorporate Halo Sport into the team's core training protocol.
"We are extremely excited to integrate Halo's neurostimulation technology into our core training regimen to improve and refine on-field player performance and athleticism," said Dave Groeschner, Head Athletic Trainer for the San Francisco Giants. "After testing the product internally, we've determined that incorporating Halo Sport 'Neuropriming' into our training programs produces measurable and significant results. "
The Giants first started working with Halo Neuroscience one year ago during the team's 2016 January Conditioning Camp in Phoenix, AZ. At this time, the team's coaches split top minor league prospects into two groups—one Halo and one control group—and then compared each group's progress across nine standard performance measures.
Training and testing lasted two weeks, during which all athletes completed the same program: twenty-minute warm-ups followed by sixty minutes or more of focused training to improve skill, speed, and power. Athletes in one group wore Halo Sport headsets during the 20-minute warm-up, whereas athletes in the other did not.
At the conclusion of the two-week period, the Halo Group saw the greatest improvements in speed work—the area most heavily emphasized during Neuropriming sessions with Halo Sport. In the 20-yard dash, for example, almost all the athletes tested demonstrated significant improvement after two weeks, versus athletes in the control group who only demonstrated modest improvement.
"Our goal with Halo was to improve our team's speed and explosiveness," said Geoff Head, Sports Science Specialist at the San Francisco Giants. "Overall, all players at camp showed general improvements in the testing parameters, but there was an additional increase in testing results in the players who used Halo Sport as compared to the players in the control group—especially in the 20-yard dash."
As a result of these findings, the Giants will continue to implement Halo Sport to improve movement-based training for the athletes in the organization.
"As a San Francisco-based company, we are thrilled to be working with our hometown team. With the Giants' league-leading, innovation-based approach to player development, we were able to earn our way into their winning formula," said Dr. Daniel Chao, CEO and Co-Founder of Halo Neuroscience.
For more information about the San Francisco Giants' partnership with Halo Neuroscience, and to learn more about Halo Sport, please visit blog.haloneuro.com.
About Halo Neuroscience
Halo Neuroscience develops neurotechnology to unlock human potential for both performance and medical applications. The company's first product, Halo Sport, utilizes Neuropriming technology to accelerate the neurologic gains of strength and skill learning that result from athletic training. Halo is now used by teams and athletes from the military, Olympics, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL, in addition to thousands of other athletes, musicians, and gamers around the world.
SOURCE Halo Neuroscience