Baseline testing is a pre-season, comprehensive examination that objectively assesses an athlete's level of visual, motor and cognitive functioning. Assessments include balance, hand-eye coordination, reaction time, memory and problem solving, among others. Prior concussion history is also noted and evaluated.
In the event of a suspected concussion, pre-season baseline testing allows healthcare providers to measure and directly compare the athlete's post-injury functioning to their pre-injury status. This data is advantageous in identifying deficits caused by the injury. Baseline testing helps to guide individualized rehabilitation programs and supports informed return-to-play and return-to-school decisions.
Ideally, baseline testing should be completed pre-season or at the beginning of seasonal training. Testing should be repeated annually to maintain accurate record of the athlete's current level of functioning.
Also used clinically, the Dynavision D2 was originally developed as an athletic training tool to sharpen peripheral vision, hand-eye coordination, reaction time and concentration. Dynavision D2 is available for both teams and individual athletes that are seeking a competitive edge.
Dynavision D2 is used by a number of elite athletes and teams to improve reaction time, hand-eye coordination and peripheral vision, giving them an edge over the competition. Former Ohio State Buckeye, Chris Fields, demonstrates the D2 here.
In the video below, commentators discuss the D2's use in professional hockey.
For a more in-depth report on the use of the Dynavision D2 in sports, take a look at the following 10 minute video collection: