Are Olympians Embracing Dubious Medical Technology?

Qmed Staff

August 16, 2016

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Are Olympians Embracing Dubious Medical Technology?

Olympic athletes are always seeking to live up to the competition's motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius," Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger." Some of the medical technologies they use are head-scratchers, though. 

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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), kinesiology tape, meditational headbands--those are but some of the medical technologies that Olympic athletes turn to (within the rules) to improve their performance. 

The proof behind such devices is all over the map, though. The Halo Sport system's creator Halo Neuroscience has provided research behind its tDCS device, but nothing peer-reviewed. Meanwhile, it's hard to tell whether kinesiology tape provides better pain relief than other methods. 

Qmed's fellow media outlet MD+DI has looked at the science behind a whole host of medical devices used by Olympic athletes. Check out the full slideshow

Chris Newmarker is senior editor of Qmed. Follow him on Twitter at @newmarker.

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