Quick Sideline Concussion Test for Athletes
The Huffington Post has an interesting article about the King-Devick test, a test used to determine if a person has suffered a concussion. This test is easy to administer and can be done on the sidelines during a game, greatly reducing the possibility of sending someone with a concussion back into the game.
This 2-Minute Test Helps Parents Easily Figure Out If A Child Has A Concussion
The Huffington Post by Maxwell Strachan
A quick and simple test can identify concussions in children as young as 5 with an astonishing rate of success, according to a new study. So why aren’t people talking about it more?
The King-Devick test, as it’s called, was originally developed in the 1970s as a way to detect dyslexia. But a new study out of New York University’s Langone Concussion Center and published in the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology has found convincing evidence that it can also detect when athletes of all ages suffer a concussion — and that it can do so even better than other commonly used tests.
What’s most notable about the King-Devick test is its simplicity: It requires only a stopwatch (read: smartphone) and a few printed-out pieces of paper, and it can be administered by someone with no professional medical experience whatsoever in less than two minutes.
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