It looks like it belongs in a 1980s arcade, yet it’s fast becoming a must-have piece of equipment that’s training professional athletes and helping brain injury patients recover.
The 4-by-4-foot board is made up of 64 lights and a small screen in the middle. The user smacks the lights as they turn red, and in more complex play reacts to other instructions displayed on the screen. A computer then scores the user on his or her ability to react.
Joseph Clark, a neurology professor at the University of Cincinnati, calls the Dynavision D2 a light board on steroids.Developer Phil Jones, CEO of Dynavision International LLC, and manufacturer TSS Technologies in West Chester call it another breakthrough product helping athletes achieve at their highest.
TSS also produces a specially engineered mitt that helps professional athletes and others cool off quickly, allowing them to play better longer. The San Francisco 49ers used the cooling mitts at the Super Bowl in February (but still lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31).
The Dynavision D2 sells for $15,000 and is helping improve the hand-eye coordination and peripheral vision for major Division I schools such as Ohio State, Louisville, Florida State, Baylor, Texas A&M, Duke, Tennessee and Maryland.
Top professional teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Antonio Spurs and New York Rangers also use the device. Locally, UC student athletes and some members of the Cincinnati Bengals train with the light board as well.
At the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., one of the foremost athletic training institutes in the world, the Dynavision D2 is used to train athletes of all ages.
“The Dyna board helps athletes recognize, specifically, their eye-hand coordination,” said David da Silva, who leads IMG’s vision training program. “It also trains peripheral vision, to be able to see out of the corner of our eyes. The Dyna board really stretches that zone.”
Overall, IMG Academy trained 40 top professional football prospects this year as they prepared for the NFL combine. (more…)