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New Concussion Test Shows Promise in Detecting TBIs

While concussions are the mildest form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), failures in diagnosis and treatment can have life-long consequences, particularly for children. With this in mind, we are encouraged by the results of a recent study that examined the effectiveness of new concussion test.

Researchers evaluated how well the King-Devick Test (K-D Test) detected TBIs among college athletes. The K-D Test takes only two minutes and can be administered by coaches and trainers. It requires an athlete to read single digit numbers displayed on cards or on an electronic device, such as an iPad.

As discussed by the Los Angeles Times, the concussion test is designed to detect issues with the eyes’ ability to travel smoothly across a page, and to shift direction upon the brain’s command. Decreased accuracy and speed, when compared with baseline results, signal the existence of a concussion. The athlete should then be removed from play and further evaluated by a medical professional.

The test is not only easy to perform, but also accurate, according to researchers with the University of Florida. They found that the K-D Test successfully identified the signs of TBI in 4 out of 5 college athletes who had indeed suffered a concussion. When combined with other evaluation measures, the researchers were able to identify 100 percent of 30 concussions that occurred over a single season among 217 university athletes.

As San Diego personal injury attorneys, we are encouraged by the latest research. With proper assessment and treatment, many long-term complications associated with TBI can be avoided.