Use of a rapid visual screening tool for the assessment of concussion in amateur rugby league: A pilot study

Citation:  King, D., Clark, T., Gissane C., (2012) Use of a rapid visual screening tool for the assessment of concussion in amateur rugby league: A pilot study. Journal of Neurological Sciences, 320, 16-21.

Review (Matt Holcomb, PhD)

The present study is a prospective cohort study of concussion outcomes for two amateur rugby teams.  Teams were assessed using the King-Devick (K-D) test, which is a visual scanning task with increasing demand.  The K-D may be an important future tool with regards to concussion management.  Certainly, the speed and ease of administration make it an attractive option when compared to presently available tools.  However, the study lacks some foundational psychometrics including a normative sample, and test-retest reliability, and an extremely small sample. Read more