Balance Test in Hockey Players While Wearing Skates


About this study

The purpose of this study is to investigate the reliability of a modified King-Devick (K-D) Balance Test in hockey players. The KD test is typically performed in stocking feet.  The modified test under study will be conducted while hockey players are wearing hockey skates in order to evaluate if this modified test might contribute to a quick concussion screen at a hockey rink.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female participants.
  • Age 14-20 years old.
  • No diagnosed concussion within the past 3 months.
  • Participating in organized traveling, high school, or junior hockey. 

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Any medical restriction or injury that would limit the ability to perform a balance screen.
  • Diagnosed concussion within the past 3 months.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

David Krause, P.T., D.Sc.

Closed for enrollment

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