Dr. Steve Devick

Every season, 1 in 5 U.S. athletes in a contact sport suffers a concussion and 4 million sports-related concussions occur each year in the United States with about 135,000 of those occurring among children between the ages of 5 and 18.

The failure to detect concussions and properly treat them have become a major issue in sport as mounting research shows a link between concussions and serious brain damage, even death. Children and teenagers are even more at risk because their brains are not fully developed and they take longer to recover from concussions.

American activist Ralph Nader is demanding sports at all levels, especially youth sports, make the King-Devick Test mandatory to reduce concussion-related injuries. Nader has also called on coaches and parents to learn how to use the easy concussion detection test.

The United States Sports Academy’s daylong “Concussions as Catastrophic Injury in Sport and Cheerleading” seminar features Dr. Steve Devick, who invented the quick, easy and accurate concussion assessment. Devick, the Academy’s 2011 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award winner, helped create the King-Devick Test, which is a simple, one-to-two-minute test that can confidently determine whether your athlete suffered a concussion at a sporting event. Research is indicating that it is an effective rapid screening assessment tool.

Devick, an optometrist and entrepreneur, developed the King-Devick Test with Dr. Al King in 1976 at the Illinois College of Optometry. For more than 25 years, it was used as a leading method to measure saccadic eye movements and detect reading difficulties.

Besides Devick, the seminar includes three other nationally renowned authorities who will discuss concussions, catastrophic sports injuries and sports safety. This major seminar is intended by the Academy to help athletes, coaches, parents and athletic trainers at all levels. It also will be made available as a webinar.

Michael Haynes, a 2011 Distinguished Service Award winner for his advocacy on sport injuries, will follow Devick in the program. Haynes is a National Football League Hall of Fame defensive back and currently chairs the NFL Alumni Association’s Health and Wellness Committee. He plans to speak about injuries covered by the NFL before and after an athlete’s career.

The featured speaker in the afternoon session is Kimberly Archie, National Cheer Safety Foundation (NCSF) founder and CEO. Archie has a new book coming out soon on acrobatics and tumbling safety, or cheerleading. It is the No. 1 women’s sport and only behind football in the number of catastrophic injuries, such as concussions.

The daylong seminar concludes with Herb Appenzeller, a 2011 Distinguished Service Award winner for his career as a leading authority on sport law and catastrophic injuries. Appenzeller, who has edited or authored 21 books in sport law, plans to discuss using sport risk management to reduce injuries and subsequent lawsuits in activities such as cheerleading. He has been a member of the Academy’s national faculty for 35 years and taught its first sports law course.

For more information and resources about the King-Devick Test, including a sample test and how-to video, please visit http://www.ussa.edu/landing/king-devick and http://kingdevicktest.com/

Concussions as Catastrophic Injury in Sport and Cheerleading Seminar Schedule for Friday, Nov. 11

  • 9-10:30 a.m. Dr. Steve Devick presents and demonstrates the King-Devick concussion test
  • 10:45 a.m.-Noon Michael Haynes discusses NFL coverage of athletes’ injuries
  • Lunch
  • 1-2:30 p.m. Kimberley Archie reviews acrobatic and tumbling safety
  • 2:45-4 p.m. Herb Appenzeller discusses using sport risk management to reduce injuries and subsequent lawsuits in activities such as cheerleading
  • 4:15 p.m. Award of Sports
  • 5 p.m. Unveil “Mr. Baseball” statute

The seminar is FREE but please RSVP because of limited seating. A box lunch is available to attendees who prepay $6.

The daylong event will be held at the Academy campus, One Academy Drive, Daphne, Ala., 36526. It will also be made available as a webinar.

To RSVP or to order a box lunch, please call 251-626-3303.