Over the past several years Motor Control Laboratory at York University has studied the use of bimanual coordination in assessing brain function. This neuroscience research has used a custom designed manual device to perform the coordination assessment. The apparatus provides a validated measure of how the two sides of the brain communicate in producing skilled action. This type of eye‐hand coordination measure is useful for assessing the efficacy of brain networks for action. To date it has been used primarily on elite athletes as part of the annual NHL draft prospect testing, and on non‐elite youth athletes for research. However, it could also be used for assessing populations having brain damage (stroke recovery progression, neurodegeneration, chronic congenital conditions such as cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, etc.) or neuromuscular deficits. Thus, it has the potential for clinical application as well as athlete testing. However, the research team would like to transform the not‐very‐portable system into an electronic system that can be deployed on a tablet or even a smart phone, allowing global access. Such a technology‐based brain function assessor would improve the metrics available to trainers and therapists working with athletes and patients.
An electronic and portable front-end version of the assessment system will be developed to assess brain health in coordinating complex movements. The initial version of the application will be comprehensively tested and refined by comparing it to the thousands of data sets that has been acquired from the physical version, and continue scientific research testing the efficacy of the application to assess skill in healthy and clinical populations (e.g. older adults at risk for dementia, athletes recovering from concussion, children with coordination disorders).