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Core-Tex and SMARTfit for Brain Training

Core-Tex plays well with others.  With the increased interest and research around dual tasking of cognitive exercises plus motor challenges, Core-Tex is emerging as a clinical favorite for many reasons:

1.  The patented motion and flat, firm surface introduces a rotation and slide component that requires gaze stabilization that is not challenged on other surfaces.  Keeping the head still and vision focused is a critical focus factor. 

2.  The handrail provides external stability that can be progressed and accessed as needed during a session. 

  • Two hands can be used between contacts with SMARTfit's targets. 
  • One hand can remain on the handrail while opposite hand is used to contact SMARTfit's targets. 
  • Alternate hands can be used with handrail while hand closest to target contacts SMARTfit's target. 
  • Core-Tex is rotated so that handrail is not used or positioned along side for safety. 

3.  The variability introduced by Core-Tex promotes continual novel input to the motor system that continually challenges the system to develop new "solutions" to the movement scenarios created by Core-Tex.

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Does it look, feel, and remind you of the task? Does it pass the “smell test”? In other words, is it clearly transferable to the sport or activity you are training for? Not every exercise has to look like a golf swing or pickleball overhead, but there is a need to train the way you play. This is often the dilemma with the application of core training to rotational athletes.

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