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New Concussion Test Can Detect Brain Injuries on the Sidelines

The Los Angeles Times reports on research to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting that has identifying a simple and efficient test to identify concussions in athletes on the sidelines. The King-Devick test, which requires one “to read, fast and accurately, several pages of single-digit numbers that are arrayed left to right in columns that don’t vertically align,” is able to detect one of the first signs of a concussion: the inability to move eyes smoothly across a page. When tested on college athletes at the University of Florida, researchers found that the King-Devick test was able to detect 100% of 30 concussions.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.