Vision training linked to preventing concussions

LENEXA, Kan. - A former Kansas City Chiefs player and local organizations team up to help protect young athletes from brain injuries.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and former Kansas City Chiefs player Will Shields and Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City teamed up to provide area student athletes with baseline brain testing using the latest technology.

This weekend they are offering testing using the DynaVision Baseline Testing- known as D2™.  The technology measures an athlete's gross motor skills through vision and movement reaction time

Mark Calandro's two grandsons underwent baseline testing Saturday morning at the Sports Authority in Lenexa. He paid the $15 for the five-minute tests just in case the boys, ages 8 and 10, suffer a head trauma in the future.

"I thought it would be good to get a baseline scan to see how the brain is functioning now, so in the future if injured, we would have a baseline to go from," Calandro shared.

According to a 2013 Institute of Medicine and National Research Council report, when it comes to concussions, high school football is the most dangerous. A high school player is nearly twice as likely as a college player to suffer a brain injury.

"Brain injury looks different for every person. Two people can get hit in the head in the same place and have a different type of recovery. Parents need to take concussions seriously," said Robin Abramowitz, who is with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Great Kansas City.

On Sunday, March 23, testing will continue at Max Muscle, 15253 W. 135th St. in Olathe from Noon to 4 p.m.

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