Brain-focused sports training boosts athletic skills
Stephanie Freid

The second China International Import Expo kicked off Tuesday. More than 3,000 companies from over 150 countries and regions are taking part in the nationwide event, which showcase more new products and new technologies.

A new platform IntelliGym, developed by an Israeli tech company, uses cutting-edge technology to enhance athletes' senses. Tech researchers said the training system exercises players' brain and boosts athletic skills. The results are pushing pro and amateur players to a new level.

The trending technology has been promoted in China, offering China's players an exercise that goes beyond the purely physical. Danny Dankner, the CEO and Founder of Intelligym said the effect is like "putting your brain on turbo."

The technology for football, hockey and basketball was developed by former Israeli fighter pilots who recognized that their combat training could benefit athletes.

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"From a decision making perspective, there is a lot in common between fighter pilots and competitive athletes... things are changing all the time. There is your team and the other team and you need to constantly evaluate what's going on, make decisions and execute those decisions and keep changing those decisions based on what's going on around you," he said.

It looks like gaming but it's not. This is a subconscious gym for the brain that improves a player's anticipation skills, the ability to recognize empty spaces and threats, and speed up execution. 

European universities found that on-field performance improved by between 20 and 40 percent in players who "brain trained" for half an hour, twice a week for several months.The program has the biggest impact on 12 to 22-year-olds. 

With the aim of becoming the football superpower by 2050, China incorporated the training in the country's youth football academies. Developers predict that in the future, brain training systems will be an integral component of any professional athlete's routine.

(CGTN's Global Business also contributes to the story.)