It was recently reported that King-Devick Tests, Inc. has developed a quick and effective screening tool for the evaluation of concussion. The tests, to be called the King-Devick Test, according to the manufacturer, is a “quick‑accurate and objective concussion screening tool that can be administered on the sidelines by parents, coaches, athletic trainers, school nurses, and medical professionals.”
In the press release, Mayo Clinic neurologist and director of Mayo Clinic’s concussion program David Dodick, M.D. stated “most importantly, the test is affordable and can easily be used by any youth sports league, and administered by non‑medical personnel. And youth athletes are the higher risk for concussion and a longer recovery time than adults.”
It will be interesting to see whether the King-Devick test is adopted by rescue squad and emergency room doctors and nurses for the evaluation of concussion.