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

King, Doug A. and Clark, Trevor and Gissane, Conor (2012) Use of a rapid visual screening tool for the assessment of concussion in amateur rugby league: a pilot study. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 320. pp. 16-21. ISSN 0022-510X

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AIM: This study undertook to use the K-D sideline test with the SCAT2 to see if concussions could be identified in amateur rugby league players over a representative competition period. METHOD: A prospective cohort study was conducted on two teams participating in an amateur rugby league. All players were tested for signs of concussion utilising the K-D test and players with longer times than their baseline scores undertook a further concussion assessment with the SCAT2. RESULTS: Five athletes with suspected concussion were evaluated by K-D testing. Three concussions were associated with witnessed events during the matches and two athletes were identified by the team medic as having longer K-D time scores incidentally post-match compared to baseline. Post-match K-D scores for all concussed athletes were worse than baseline for those with reported or witnessed concussion events (7s; 5.0-7.1; p=0.025) and for those identified incidentally (>5s; 8.9-9.1s). Both groups also reported more symptoms on the PCSS (a part of the SCAT2) post-match. DISCUSSION: In this rugby cohort, the K-D test was not only useful in identifying changes in players with witnessed head trauma, but in identifying changes in players with an un-witnessed suspected concussion.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vision; Eye movements; Sports-related concussion;King–Devick test; Rugby injuries
Subjects: 600 Technology > 613 Personal health & safety
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 13:51
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 13:51


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