Transcranial Direct Cortex Stimulation of Motor Cortex enhances Running Endurance

Posted on 24 August 2019

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a technique of non-invasive brain stimulation that can enhance exercise performance, has been shown to increase running endurance by 15%.

10 participants received 20 minutes of either tDCS applied over the motor cortex, or a sham operated control on separate days, and then completed a constant load test, involving running at 80% of their VO2max.

Amongst a number of measurements, only time to exhaustion (TTE) yielded a significant result, with the VO2max tests involving tDCS lasting 15% longer than the sham tests.


  1. Park, Seung-Bo et al. “Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of motor cortex enhances running performance.” PloS one vol. 14,2 e0211902. 22 Feb. 2019, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0211902
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