Using GyroStim to Provide Intensive SMART Training
For Developing Athletic Excellence
SMART (Sensorimotor Multi-Axis Rotational Training) is an innovative approach to exercising and enhancing the performance of the human sensorimotor system.
GyroStim is uniquely capable of delivering a wide variety of precisely controlled motion profiles for use in intensive SMART training strategies. Its data-driven incremental advancement strategies ensure maximum training intensity is applied while protecting the athlete from overstimulation, resulting in training sessions that are challenging, individualized, effective, and efficient.
Pictured above, MMA amateur light heavyweight world champion, Grant Neal, works at 30RPM during a SMART training session.
A typical SMART training session is 30 minutes, consisting of multiple "runs". Runs are typically thirty to sixty seconds (but can be shorter or longer). Runs are separated by a short rest period.
The intensity of each run, number of runs per session, and total number of sessions are driven by the specific objectives for the individual’s training goals.
Everyone starts SMART training low and slow. Above, San Francisco 49ers, Solomon Thomas takes a warm up run before progressing through greater levels of speed and motion intensity.
Everyone ---even the most elite athlete ---begins SMART training with slow, predictable, non-inverting motion profiles. This provides the opportunity to become familiar with the sensations and activities involved with training in a multi-axis rotating chair---without experiencing motion discomfort or sensory overload.
Multiple laser detecting targets are located on the safety perimeter around the GyroStim. During each run, the subject uses a handheld laser pointer to hit as many targets as possible. Each target hit is communicated to the monitoring software. This targeting activity provides interactive challenges to many aspects of the sensorimotor system that runs throughout the human body and brain. The resultant target hits-per-minute provides a quantifiable measure of the subject’s ability to respond to the training intensity. Additionally, the gamification aspect of keeping score contributes to engagement and motivation.
At the end of each run, the athlete’s qualitative response, i.e. headache, nausea, dizziness, brain-fog, and other possible symptomatic responses will be assessed together with their quantitative response, i.e. target hits-per-minute. This assessment will be used by the GyroStim operator for information on how the subject is responding to the current training intensity, and, guidance on how best to proceed with the next training run.
Data-driven incremental advancement ensures that maximum training intensity is applied while protecting the individual from overstimulation, resulting in training sessions that are challenging, effective, efficient, individualized, and comfortable.
As the athlete successfully completes a run level, as evidenced by assessing the combined quantitative and qualitative data, training will advance to a higher level of challenge for the next run. This method of data-driven incremental advancement builds on the gains made in previous runs.
In addition, the athlete can be tasked with cognitive exercises during the run to further target the training to meet the specific needs of the subject. Click here to learn more about additional training strategies.
Consistency and repetition
GyroStim's library of pre-written motion profiles covers a broad spectrum of intensity, rotation, and duration for a diverse variety of applications.
Repeatability of the training experience from run to run or session to session is ensured by the profile library, and, saved history of the individual athletes.
No two athletes are alike, and each will experience an individualized progression that is customized to meet their specific needs. Athletes can save training profiles to a jump drive to use at a GyroStim in any location around the world.
The SMART method is based on the premise that in order to improve human function you must challenge it. GyroStim is designed to challenge the three fundamental processes that drive many aspects of how we function as humans:
You perceive your world, you process what you perceive, and then you react to it. It’s that simple.
Your human performance is your ability to engage with the world: walk across the street, engage in conversation, drive a car, read and comprehend a book, participate in sports, etc.. Human Performance is your ability to thrive as a human being.
Your unique individual human performance lies at the intersection of your ability to perceive, process, and react: to interact with your world.
PERCEIVE: Detailed information about what is happening around you is sensed through the eyes (vision), body (proprioception), ears (hearing), vestibular system (balance), and other senses, and sent via the peripheral nervous system to the brain.
PROCESS: Sensory information about the environment is received, coordinated, and distributed throughout the brain, igniting a cascade of processing activity as the brain goes to work, forming an appropriate response to the perceived sensory information.
REACT: Once the perceived sensory information has been processed, and a response has been formulated, signals from the brain are fired throughout the body to execute the intended reaction.
Human Performance exists at the intersection of your ability to Perceive, Process, and React, as illustrated in the Venn diagram to the right. It is the sum total of your physical and cognitive ability to interact with the world. The SMART method offers challenging, efficient, individualized, and effective strategies for training and optimizing the performance of the “human system”.