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White House Addresses Importance of Concussion Detection at Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit

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New King-Devick Vision Test Accurately and Objectively Evaluates Athletes to Determine 'Removal from Play'

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As youth-related sport injuries continue to rise, today's Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House addressed one major area of concern – the importance of concussion detection. Leaders from the Veteran Distribution Company, based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., participated in the summit to discuss the King-Devick Test – an effective, affordable tool to help better evaluate youth concussions.

The King-Devick Test is a rapid and easy-to-administer sideline assessment tool for the evaluation of impaired eye movements, language, concentration, and neurological functions that are a result of concussion. Administered to US soldiers in Afghanistan, the King-Devick Test is recognized as one of the best tests to evaluate "removal from play" as opposed to "return to play."  

"A concussion is an injury that is difficult to detect – particularly in this 'culture of resistance' as not all athletes reliably report their concussion symptoms," said Donald Carducci, Chief Executive Officer, Veteran Distribution Company (VDC). "The King-Devick Test tracks against an athlete's initial baseline screen to evaluate the presence of a concussion. The decision to remove the athlete from play is based on the objective results of the test – which ultimately helps eliminate the burden of the decision from the athlete."

Nearly 250,000 children and young adults go to emergency rooms each year with concussions or other brain injuries sustained in sports activities. In 2012 alone, 12 percent of all ER visits involved a concussion, the equivalent of one every three minutes. Nearly half (47%) were in kids ages 12 to 15*. Many concussions also likely go unreported or undetected. The King-Devick Test can help assess for concussion and eliminate further injury.

"Youth athletes are at a higher risk for concussion and a longer recovery time than adults," says Amaal Starling, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist. "While the King-Devick Test has already been clinically validated for detecting concussions in collegiate and professional athletes, we wanted to ensure it was also validated in adolescents."

King-Devick Test is a quick test that requires an athlete to read single digit numbers displayed on test cards or an iPad. The test can be administered by coaches, parents and medical professionals in less than two-minutes for an affordable $2/athlete/year.

Teams in major professional leagues and elite colleges such as the University of Florida and the University of Pennsylvania utilize the King-Devick Test on their sidelines as well as many high schools and younger leagues.

Many advances in civilian medicine like the King-Devick Test were tested on the battlefield in military medicine. As stated, The United States Military utilized the King-Devick Test in Afghanistan. One of the key reasons King-Devick selected VDC as the exclusive distributor of the King-Devick Test? is based on their background in military and their understanding of the severity of these head injuries and the importance of the impact test for quick diagnosis to eliminate long-term effects in young athletes. VDC is a service-disabled veteran owned business started by two veterans of the war on terror. Both were awarded the bronze star, and were disabled in the conflict also being awarded the purple heart medal. They approach this mission with the commitment of saving comrades on the battlefield and strive to make a difference in their post-military vocation.

For more information visit, http://www.veterandistribution.com or facebook.com/VeteranDistributionCompany

*U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System report. The report focused on pediatric sports injuries related to 14 common sports activities, including football, cheerleading, soccer and basketball.

About Veteran Distribution Company
Veteran Distribution Company is a military veteran owned and operated company partnering with leading product manufacturers and service companies seeking access to federal, state, and commercial contracting opportunities. The company was created by two Army veterans wanting to create great results for both business partners and military veterans. Their mission includes distribution of important products such as the King-Devick Concussion Test, and also the employment of military veterans throughout the company. Veteran Distribution Company is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), with the main office in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill where they also operate their distribution facility and warehouse. For more information please visit: veterandistribution.com or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/VeteranDistributionCompany.


Tom Aiello





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