How brain readers are helping MMA fighters bounce back

A few times a month, mixed martial artist Alexander or “Al” Iaquinta, takes a break from the gym and training, to sit down for a brain test. He pulls on a thin elastic cap akin to the one used for swimming, except for a bunch of electrodes that stick out like alien antennae — and ringside physician Sherry Wulkan hooks him up to an amplifier. For the next 20 minutes, Iaquinta focuses on a computer screen, responding to various cognitive tasks, like pressing a button in response to a blue circle. Within 24 hours after the test, Wulkan receives a report of how well Iaquinta’s brain is functioning at the moment and whether he’s fit to train and fight or is due for a break. Popping the hood on your…

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