The Sports Reaction Center, a Washington-based clinic, has introduced the King-Devick (K-D) test into their concussion management program. As part of their results-driven concussion management program, the King-Devick test can help objectively determine whether or not an athlete should be removed from a game. As such, the K-D test can help prevent severe consequences of repetitive concussions that may result from an athlete returning to play after a head injury.
The K-D test requires an athlete to read single-digit numbers displayed either on cards or on an iPad and is administered after a suspected head trauma. If the time needed for the athlete to complete the test is any longer than his or her baseline test time, then the athlete should be removed from play and evaluated by a medical professional, according to the press release.
Neil Chasan, PT, MMT, owner of the Sports Reaction Center, states that they have been able to successfully detect more concussion cases on the field than prior to implementing the test. As a believer that "return to play" should be evaluated medically, Chasan adds that the "most significant risk athletes have is to suffer a second concussion before the first concussion has resolved." He says the test is a boon for early-detection medicine that "saves lives".
The Sports Reaction Center performs sports physical therapy services and also offers concussion management and biomechanical assessment.
Source: Sports Reaction Center