Last night the Olympic Games kicked off in Pyeongchang South Korea. For many, the road to the games was filled hard work, training, and, increasingly, gadgets.

Olympic teams have turned to the latest technology to enhance performance and keep competitors safe. With athletes pushing their bodies to the limit, the event can be notoriously dangerous — in fact, the Olympics Committee and GE Healthcare recently launched a new analytics tool that will allow officials to keep track of athletes’ injuries, performance, and safety.  Below, MobiHealthNews took a look at some of the other gadgets and gear athletes are using to train, recover, and improve during this year’s Olympic games.  The BBC reports that the US ski team is using the Halo Sport head set, which transmit electrical currents to the brain’s motor cortex. The technology is supposed to increase strength, endurance, and muscle memory by promoting brain elasticity, and recently was the recipient of a $13 million investment.  Despite the best training, however, injuries do occur.

CNBC reports that some athletes are using Nike’s Strobe Sports Training Glasses to retrain themselves after a knee injury. The device obscures vision and emits rapid bursts of lights which distorts reality and force the body to move instinctively instead of by sight.

The idea is to retrain the brain so the athlete will move their body based on natural cues, as opposed to visual ones. Olympic courses are notoriously dangerous, and knowing the course can help avoid injury.

Almost every athlete has practiced envisioning the course to some extent, but now the Olympic skiers are using one more tool to better learn the course: virtual reality. The BBC reports that the US ski team has been using STRIVR’s 360-degree video to film the course. Read more from mobihealthnews.com…

thumbnail courtesy of mobihealthnews.com