Simple test helps doctors catch more concussions on the field

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“This is the first study that has shown that adding a vision test helps to identify more athletes with concussion and shows the vision-based King-Devick test is very effective in a college setting,” said Dr. Laura Balcer, a professor of neurology and population health at NYU.

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LA Students Undergo 'Baseline' Tests To Measure Concussion Effects

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About 1,200 students at Loyola High School, including non-athlete students, are being given a series of tests, known as baseline concussion test, designed to measure brain function.

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Interview: Bert Vargas, MD, on SCAT3 vs King-Devick Test

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Bert Vargas, MD, compares two tools for evaluating sports-related concussion on the sidelines.

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Former pro soccer player Claire Zimmeck battles concussion syndrome

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Patients who are dealing with symptoms such as balance issues and vision problems are often referred to a neurologist such as Dr. Laura Balcer, who has done pioneering research on the link between eye movement and brain function.

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CMCC & Rugby Ontario Partner to Administer Baseline Concussion Measures For More Than 235 Junior Provincial Athletes

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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto volunteered their day to aid in the administration of baseline concussion measures with seven different Rugby Ontario junior provincial teams for over 235 athletes.

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Good Day Alabama for June 19, 2014

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Dr. Schaeffer and Dr. Lemak discuss King-Devick Test and concussions with Good Day Alabama.

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Saccadic eye training associated with improved reading fluency, study shows

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"The results of this pilot study suggest that the King-Devick remediation software may be effective in significantly improving reading fluency through rigorous practice of eye movements," Amaal Starling, MD, Mayo Clinic neurologist and a co-author of the study, said in the release.

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Mayo Clinic: In-School Eye Movement Training Improves Early Reading Fluency

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“The results of this pilot study suggest that the King-Devick remediation software may be effective in significantly improving reading fluency through rigorous practice of eye movements,” says Dr. Starling. “What our study also found was that there was an even greater improvement between first and third grade versus third and fourth graders, which means there may be a critical learning period that will determine reading proficiency.”

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This Way In: The Latest Concussion Research

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“Given the many brain pathways involved in concussion, we think that a combination of cognitive, balance and vision tests may be best to improve diagnosis of concussion in athletes,” says Laura Balcer, MD, Fellow of AAN, professor and vice chair of neurology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

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King-Devick Test CEO Joins Experts at White House Safe Sports Concussion Summit

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Dr. Devick is committed to making reliable and objective sideline concussion testing for all athletes accessible and affordable. "The King-Devick Test helps provide a safer sporting environment for youth athletes by accurately screening for concussion," he says. "It's our responsibility as parents, coaches and clinicians to identify concussions in order to remove them from play and allow children the proper time to recover from concussion so they can safely return to learn and play."

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Mayo Clinic says sideline test detects youth concussions

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Dr. Amaal Starling of the Mayo Clinic is co-author of the study. She said for youth athletes, "This is really the first accurate, rapid, cost effective, removal-from-play tool that is available for concussion screen."

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Dr. Lemak and Dr. Schaeffer talk concussions on Alabama Tonight

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Concussions and their treatment have become major topic in the sports world, but there is a new test called the "King-Devick" that might help faster detect when a player gets a concussion.

Kyle Burger spoke with Dr. Larry Lemak and Dr. Mark Schaeffer about the new test.

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Mayo Clinic researchers validate rapid sideline concussion test for youth athletes

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“The King-Devick test represents a rapid, accurate, and cost-effective tool to identify concussion on the sideline and make appropriate game-time, remove-from-play decisions,” Dr. Amaal Starling says.

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Staten Island soccer coach keeps kids safe with King-Devick test for concussion (with photos/video)

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Balancing fun and competition with safety, Ernest Murdukhayev, a director of SB4U Soccer Academy and the Jewish Community Center programs, is using the King-Devick test to assess the seriousness of any head bangs his players encounter.

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Guide to Concussion: Symptoms and How a Vision Test Can Help Diagnose It

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Neurologists now propose using the King-Devick vision test in the pre-season. This test takes about a minute and involves a timed reading of numbers from an iPad or from index cards. If a suspected concussion occurs during a sporting event, the test is administered, along with the usual balance and cognition tests, at the sidelines. Deviation from the baseline results can be diagnostic for concussion. Imaging and other testing in a hospital may be necessary.

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Vision Test Improves Concussion Detection

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"I do think this is enough to recommend this vision test be used routinely," Dr. Clugston commented. "This test is less subjective than some of the other tests used currently. An assessment of balance is always very subjective, and cognition tests can be too. But the vision test just involves reading numbers from a screen as fast you can. It is very simple and less easily manipulated by the athlete. But it is best used in combination with the standard tests."

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Vision Test Helps With Concussions

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Researchers found the time to complete the test was longer for 79-percent of players who were later found to have a concussion. When combined with other assessments, the sideline test helped diagnose 100-percent of concussions. Experts say using a vision based test on the sidelines may help detect concussions more quickly ... and keep athletes from getting injured further.

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Sideline concussion test gets a new thumbs-up

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The King-Devick test capitalizes on a subtle but important symptom of brain injury: a disruption in the eyes' ability to travel smoothly across a page, and to shift direction upon the brain's command.

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More Evidence That Vision Test on Sidelines May Help Diagnose Concussion

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The study provides more evidence that the King-Devick test, a one-minute test where athletes read single-digit numbers on index cards, can be used in addition to other tests to increase the accuracy in diagnosing concussion.

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Simple tests could improve sideline concussion diagnosis, study shows

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New research presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia indicates that a quick vision test, known as the King-Devick test, combined with a series of other simple tests, could yield near-perfect concussion detection rates on the sidelines of a game.

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Sport-related Concussions: Tips for the Coach

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Many sports medicine professionals suggest that those coaches who do not have immediate access to an athletic trainer use easy and reliable screening tools. One of the most effective screening tools is the King-Devick test. Personally, I recommend every high school and youth coach to use this screening tool. It is very easy to learn and does not require a medical professional to administer. The King-Devick test can be easily implemented into an existing concussion management protocol.

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Assessment, Management and Knowledge of Sport-Related Concussion: Systematic Review

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Concussion is hard to recognize and diagnose. Initial sideline assessment via the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 3 (SCAT3), Child-SCAT3 or King-Devick test should be undertaken to identify athletes with concussion as part of a continuum of assessment modalities and athlete management.

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2013 Top Stories in Eye Care: Neuro-Ophthalmology

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PracticeUpdate: Would you sum up in a single sentence why you chose this development as the top story of the past year?

Dr. Press: The merging of technology available to administer tests such as the King-Devick saccade test, and how to dovetail this information with batteries such as the ImPACT Test, represent a significant advancement in clinical concepts as well as tools.

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United States Sports Academy Tackling Concussions in Southern Alabama Community

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One of the main benefits of this concussion program is the donation of an effective and reliable concussion screening device known as the King-Devick Test, an objective, rapid sideline screening test for concussions that can be administered by coaches, athletic trainers, and athletic support personnel.

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Staying Ahead of the Game

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The NYU Cover Story, notes: “Drs. Galetta and Balcer believe the King-Devick test works because at least 50 percent of the brain’s circuits are involved in vision. Thus the test can pick up deficiencies occurring across a wide range of neurological geography.

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