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.

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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.

Read the full article on the Huffington Post site

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