UPDATE: A UTC professor ran his first marathon this weekend. He says he wanted to be part of Chattanooga's inaugrial event but he was also the first athlete to ever have his brain waves tracked for the 26.2 mile race.
"I recall getting to about the 20 mile mark and finally thinking, you know what? I am in fact going to finish," said Sports Management Professor Eric Hungenberg, "And it's interesting looking back at the data there is a spike."
This professor-turned-marathoner endured more than 4 hours of running all in the name of science.
Hungenberg wore an EEG headset to track his brain activity and emotions, which makes him the first athlete to have his mental state of mind recorded during an entire marathon.
"His excitement is through the roof here. It was his first marathon, I'm sure the nerves were crazy," said Health and Human Performance Professor Andrew Bailey.
Now the team of professors have to sort through all this data, and see where Hungenberg was more excited, focused, or stressed.
It's the kind of information they say can make a better athlete, or even a better fan.
"You know being able to give spectators a very unique glimpse into what an athlete goes through," Hungenberg said.
The professors say if they can show people know how to reach their peak performance mentally --- it can help in any situation, not just athletics.
"So imagine if any of us can do that just on a daily basis, if we approach a stressful situation, a challenge, being able to bring our brains back down to that mode where we can actually have good performance," Bailey said.
Hungenberg said after the race he was tired and sore, but the experience was well worth the pain.
"I'll likely do it again," he said.
Professor Bailey says they've already been approached by elite athletes and local schools who want to use this technology and be part of next year's marathon.
The performance technology was created by emotiv and UTC was approved to test it.
Sunday, January 21 2018 12:50 AM EST2018-01-21 05:50:24 GMT
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