Open Access Research Article Article ID: ASMP-4-109

    Differences in baseline and post-season King-Devick times between recreational and competitive youth soccer players

    Ugo Bitussi S*, Candice Osborne, Shannon Juengst, Bert Vargas, Cindy Dolezal, Steven Avers, Christopher Ha, Nicholas Elkins, Kathleen Bell

    Objective: To determine if K-D scores differed between competitive youth soccer players and recreational youth soccer players ages 8-12.

    Design: Prospective cohort study during the spring and fall soccer seasons of 2017. Participants were 8-12 years of age and were enrolled in recreational or competitive soccer. 

    Methods: Participants performed the K-D test before the first practice of the soccer season and during the last two weeks of the season. The main outcome measure was the time required to complete the K-D test before and after the soccer season in participants without a positive K-D screening for concussion. 

    Results: Forty participants (19 competitive and 21 recreational) completed the study. The pre-season recreational players (66.04s, SD = 15.22s) vs competitive players (59.88s, SD = 13.94s) had a mean difference of 6.16s (Z = .96, p = .34). The post-season recreational players (60.45s, SD = 13.46) vs competitive players (50.50s, SD = 8.49) had a mean difference of 9.95s (Z = 2.31, p = .02). 

    Conclusions: Level of play may influence performance on the K-D. Future studies of visual efficiency in youth athletes may also provide insight into differences in performance of the K-D. 


    Published on: Feb 4, 2019 Pages: 1-1

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/asmp.000009
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