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(CBS 8) - An invention that first hit the market 28 years ago has suddenly seen a resurgence in its popularity. The Dynavision Visual Training machine has a split personality, if you will.

"Right now, I find the lights using my peripheral vision as quickly as possible," said Daniel Sellers with Dynavision Global Business Development.

Dynavision is a machine that has stood the test of time. It was introduced nearly three decades ago for sports vision training.

"I am processing a conversation with you, yet my body is still performing a task. Same thing happens on the football field," explained Sellers.

It eventually found a niche in the medical field to help rehabilitate stroke and brain trauma patients. And it is now enjoying a resurgence in the sports industry.

"You have the ability to program 100,000 different scenarios," Sellers continued.

Sellers says sales of the machine are up 180 per cent over last year as major league sports teams and major college programs are investing in them.

The University of Cincinnati has a machine. Officials there credit Dynavision for their concussion rate dropping, as a result of athletes having improved peripheral vision.

"Now you have the ability to train vision reaction time, visual acuity and cognitive processing," said Sellers.

It is also proving invaluable, to the evaluation of an athlete who has suffered a head injury.

"As the athlete uses it on a daily basis, it's a living baseline test and will allow clinicians to be informed when an athlete gets concussed to utilize that information," added Sellers.

As concussions have become the pressing topic in the sports world, Dynavision continues to be a visionary machine.

One machine costs between $13,000 and $16,000. Some high school leagues and high school districts have purchased one.

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