Research News: Vestibular, Balance and Oculomotor Measures may Improve Concussion Assessment

Great new publication from East Stroudsurg and Temple Universities in the US. This recent article suggests that a specific battery consisting of vestibular, balance and oculomotor testing may improve the accuracy of concussion assessment. These tests include the Sensory Organization Test (SOT), near point convergence, horizontal saccades and gaze stability outome measures.

See the full article below!

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303086971_Vestibular_and_Oculomotor_Assessments_May_Increase_Accuracy_of_Subacute_Concussion_Assessment

 

Reference

McDevitt, J., Appiah-Kubi, K. O., Tierney, R., and Wright, W. G. Vestibular and oculomotor assessments may increase accuracy of subacute concussion assessment. (2016). Internation Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-100470

Published by katiemitchell08

I'm a Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C) working in Waterloo, Ontario, with a focus on sport-related concussion, vestibular-ocular conditions, and orthopaedic injuries. I provide athletic therapy coverage with the Waterloo County Rugby club and Sledge Hockey Team Ontario. I also have worked with national rugby and as a member of the medical team for the 2015 Parapan Am Games. Advanced training includes: integrated dry needling, concussion and vestibular rehabilitation, acupuncture, manual therapy, and sports first responder. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in the Kinesiology program at Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on visuomotor function and the assessment of balance control for individuals with sport-related concussion. My goal is to provide evidence for objective measures of dynamic visual acuity and balance control and improve clinical decision-making for return to sport, work, school, and life! In my spare time, I enjoy trail walks with my Australian shepherd, mountain biking, camping, and exploring local.

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