Annual baseline King-Devick oculomotor function testing is needed due to scores varying by age

Gallagher, Dearbhla, King, Doug A, Hume, Patricia A, Clark, Trevor N, Pearce, Alan and Gissane, Connor (2021) Annual baseline King-Devick oculomotor function testing is needed due to scores varying by age. Sports, 9 (12). ISSN 2075-4663

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Objective: To document baseline King-Devick (K-D) oculomotor function scores for male and female participants aged between 4 and 20 years old. Methods: Utilising a cross section of schools, rugby clubs and gymnastic clubs, 1936 participants (1300 male, 636 female) completed the spiral-bound K-D test for the identification of disturbed oculomotor function. Results: This study identified that overall, the baseline scores of the K-D test became faster by 1.4 (0.3 to 4.5) s per year, when compared with the previous age group in the same number of reading card groups. When comparing normative values of the original K-D validation study with the same age groups of the current cohort, participants aged 6 to 11 years recorded a faster baseline time (range 3.5 to 8.6 s), while those in the 12 to 14 years. age group recorded slower baseline times (range −3.9 to −7.9 s). Discussion: In general, there were age group differences, but not sex differences, for K-D test times in the current cohort. Analysis of single card times, across all age groups, showed changes likely due to improved reading time. Conclusion: The results support the need for individualised annual pre-injury baseline testing of the K-D test.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: oculomotor, function, testing, age
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2022 10:35
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 10:35

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