NHL Is Using A 40-Year-Old Method To Test For Concussions

FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS – Toronto Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri hits Ottawa Senators’ Cody Ceci head first into the boards throughout second interval NHL motion in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. There was no penalty referred to as on the play which noticed the Maple Leafs rating.

Created within the Nineteen Seventies for the aim of analyzing studying capability, the King-Devick check is now getting used forty years later for one thing a bit totally different—concussion testing. A King-Devick check taker will quickly learn numbers which are spaced at various ranges of problem. Because the eyes are intently linked to the mind, a change in eye motion can denote concussion signs.

Whereas it’s helpful for detecting studying disabilities like dyslexia, since 2011 the check has been utilized by leagues just like the NHL, MLS, AFL, CFL and MLL.

Now, the age-previous check is getting an improve because of EyeTech Digital Methods, based mostly out of Mesa, Ariz. The corporate has added eye-monitoring know-how to the bodily check, in order that the operator can get a greater understanding of the consumer’s velocity of eye motion.

The tracker applies infrared lighting to collect a warmth map of the attention’s whereabouts, along with a digital camera that extra conventionally measures eye movement.

EyeTech has been working with King Devick Test so as to add eye monitoring to its check and prepared it for a medical setting. The check could be taken on an iPad or laptop computer and solely takes a few minutes to finish. The present King Devick Test on the iPad is used as a sideline system and and eye monitoring shall be carried out in physician’s workplaces to assist concussed athletes again onto the sector solely when it’s clear they’re not concussed.

A choose variety of NHL groups are utilizing the King-Devick check this season, as a trial run for the NHL as an entire. Nevertheless, they don’t seem to be utilizing the attention monitoring function, and medical staffs will solely be administering the examination with three check playing cards. Each participant concerned took a baseline check initially of the season, and any rating that deviates from that of the baseline check is instantly flagged.

With or with out the attention monitoring, this ought to be an fascinating experiment for the NHL, and if the check is profitable it might be a possible launching level for different leagues.