The SCIENCE behind Why SplashRingZ Works
Most of the competition‘s basketball shooting devices FORCES you to do something.
SplashRingZ is a tool that uses our own neurological system to train our muscles in our fingers too. Touching and feeling the basketball with SplashRingZ on your shooting hand, tells your brain to position yourself properly.
SplashRingZ works with your brain to assist you in proper shooting form
You can now practice proper form on your own. Just like a coach telling you what to do on every shot - on your own time.
With respect to touch, when we move our fingertip over objects such as Braille characters, receptors under the skin produce electrical impulses that race at about 50 meters per second through the nervous system and up towards the brain. This pattern of electrical impulses, a sort of neural Morse code, activates a part of the brain's parietal lobe - roughly halfway between the forehead and the back of the head. This tactile area of the parietal lobe helps to decode the neural impulses, in order to infer the shapes of the objects that touched the skin.
What is the meaning of Haptics?
Haptics is any form of interaction involving touch (from Greek ἅπτω = 'I fasten onto, I touch').
It can mean: Haptic communication, the means by which people and other animals communicate via touching.
The process of recognizing objects through touch.
Haptic perception - (Greek: haptόs "palpable", haptikόs "suitable for touch") means literally the ability "to grasp something". Perception in this case is achieved through the active exploration of surfaces and objects by a moving subject, as opposed to passive contact by a static subject during tactile perception. The term Haptik was coined by the German Psychologist Max Dessoir in 1892, when suggesting a name for academic research into the sense of touch in the style of that in "acoustics" and "optics". James J. Gibson, defined the haptic system as "the sensibility of the individual to the world adjacent to his body by use of his body". Gibson and others further emphasized what Weber had realized in 1851: the close link between haptic perception and body movement, and that haptic perception is active exploration.
The concept of haptic perception is related to the concept of extended physiological proprioception, according to which when a tool such as a stick (or SplashRingZ) is used, perceptual experience is transparently transferred to the end of the tool.
Haptic perception relies on the forces experienced during touch. This research allows the creation of "virtual", illusory haptic shapes with different perceived qualities, which has clear application in haptic technology.
The deeper Science of the Splash
Why and How we achieve:
To be great at something, our senses tell us what we knew all along. Unless you’re mentally or physically incapable, sick, or injured, HARD WORK & PRACTICE make us better.
Tactile Sense (Touch)
The tactile sense is received through millions of nerve ending on the skin, detecting even the slightest touch sensations and reporting it to the brain.
In a well regulated tactile system, the vast majority of these sensations are gaited, creating the ability for the person to notice very light touch. Once the brain receives this information, it responds accordingly.
Our sense of touch relays information from the receptors on our skin, about temperature, texture, shape, size, number, pressure, pain, and more. When working efficiently, the tactile sense helps a child do everything from buttoning a shirt without looking to enjoying and receiving a hug from a parent.
Vestibular Sense (Balance and Movement)
The Vestibular System helps us keep our balance, coordinate movements of our head with our eyes; use both sides of our body at the same time (bilateral integration); feel the direction and speed of movement; and remain upright against the pull of gravity. As one of the 'near' senses, the vestibular sense is responsible for detecting or movement through space, and the position of our head. It has the most wide-spread influence in our daily lives. This is the first sensory system to fully develop by 12-14weeks of gestation!
-It answers two basic life questions: Which way is up? and Where am I going?
It is on 24/7 at an UNconscious / sub-cortical level - when this system is doing it’s job efficiently and effectively, it frees up all the rest of the central nervous system (CNS) for higher cognitive/executive functioning, motor planning, etc.
Vestibular receptors are located in our inner ear (3 semi-circular canals), and provide us with vital information about movement (rotary, linear), balance, body orientation, gravity and vibration. In essence, the vestibular system is like a precise internal GPS, used for maintaining the orientation of head and body in time and space, along with the auditory and visual systems. It is intended to correctly identify for us which direction we are facing, the direction we are going, the angle our head is at, and even whether we are upside down or right-side up.
Proprioceptive Sense (Muscle and Joint)
The Proprioception Sense is the brain’s ability to sense the relative positions and movements of the different body parts.
The word “proprioceptive” comes from the Latin word “proprius” or “own”. This means our OWN body sense. Proprioceptive information comes from receptors in the muscles, joints, and bones - none of this is really ‘conscious’ thought. We don’t THINK about how our arms or legs are positioned - in fact, if you closed your eyes right now you’d be able to tell exactly how your body is positioned (i.e. perhaps your legs are crossed, or your foot is wrapped around a chair leg, or your arm is supporting your chin and head to keep from falling asleep while you read this!). This is Proprioception. These receptors from our muscles and joints inform us and give us Body Awareness and provide information on how we are moving - innately.
The proprioceptive system is located primarily in the cerebellum, and it works closely with the Vestibular System and Tactile System. An individual engages in proprioception during ‘Heavy Work” activities such as Push-Pull activities - or simply put, during resistance-type, active-engagement-of-muscle activities or exercises.
As one of the 'near' senses, proprioception is the sense responsible for letting us know when and how far we stretch our muscles. Otherwise known as the kinesthetic sense, it is our internal gauge responsible for telling us where our body is in space.
Because of proprioception, you know exactly where your hand is in space as you move it around, even though your eyes are closed.
All coordinated movement depends on proprioception. It should be obvious that elite level movement in sport or dance requires an elite level of body sense.
For a person with a well organized proprioceptive sense, this process is automatic, and is rarely even thought of. When they see an object in front of them, especially one they have held before, they will know almost exactly how much force to use in order to lift, hold, or move that object. If their first guess is ever wrong, they can usually correct it immediately. Because they are able to correctly judge how much effort to apply when handling objects and moving and positioning their bodies, they will not have to put a ton of effort into learning new motor activities and correcting their posture.
THE BRAIN MAPS THE BODY
The key to understanding proprioception is the body maps. The body maps are parts of the brain that are organized in such a way as to represent the different body parts, just as lines on a map represent roads. Each part of the body has a separate area of the brain dedicated to moving and sensing that body part. So, we have hands, and we have virtual hands in the brain - parts of the brain that represent the size, shape and position of the hands. The brain will even devote space to representing inanimate objects that we need to sense and control, such as a tennis racquet, tool or cowboy hat. Body parts communicate with their virtual counterparts in the following way. There are millions of microscopic organs called mechanoreceptors located throughout the body. When a mechanical force stimulates them, they send a signal through the nervous system to the part of the brain devoted to sensing that part of the body. The brain assembles all these signals from the innumerable different sources and determines exactly where everything is and what it is doing. In essence, the brain creates numerous maps of the body that it uses to decide what is going on and how to move.
GOOD MOVEMENT REQUIRES GOOD BODY MAPS
Because the brain uses the map to make decisions about how to move, it is obvious that the better and more detailed the map, the better and more precise the movement.
These points are illustrated by the fact that body parts that have greater movements demands have bigger maps. For example, the hand is capable of extremely intricate and differentiated movements and sensations, and the brain devotes a large area to sensing and controlling it.
Another indication that the maps are essential for coordination is that they actually grow bigger when placed under demand. For example, the part of a musician’s brain that senses and controls the fingers is actually observably larger than the counterpart of a person who does not use his or her hands as much.
MAPS ARE BUILT BY MOVEMENT
The maps are constantly being updated to reflect current demands.
In order to make long term or permanent changes in the maps, you need to place demands on that map consistently over a long period of time. When a certain body part or movement is used repeatedly in a coordinated and mindful fashion, there are actual physical and observable changes in the part of the brain that controls that body part or movement. This is part of the reason why you get better at what you practice.
Lack of movement will reverse this process. If you fail to move in a certain way for a period of time, you lose the ability to accurately sense and control that movement. This is called sensory motor amnesia. The brain’s body maps get fuzzier, less clear. The lesson is move it or lose it.