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Posted Sep 12, 2017

Western Duluth Little League, in partnership with Essentia Health, will offer baseline and sideline concussion testing for all players beginning in 2017! WDLL is the first Little League program in Minnesota to implement this testing, which is currently being used in MLB by the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

The King-Devick test is administered using an iPad. Players are required to read a series of numbers in this timed test. The data is saved, and, in the event of a collision or other injury in which a concussion is suspected, the player retakes this test in the dugout. If the player completes this test with errors or a slower time, he/she needs to be evaluated by a physician.

Thanks to a generous $4170 grant from Essentia Health, we are able to offer this program, along with an AED available at our Duluth Heights Intermediate field.

Ron Alston, Essentia's Vice President of Community Health & Wellness, presented the funds to WDLL Safety Officer Kari Bulthuis on May 15, 2017 at our fields. Thanks to WDLL Board Member Howie Hanson for the photo.

We at Western thank Essentia for their generosity and commitment to safety in youth sports.


Concussions: Accurate & Objective Screening Test

King-Devick Test is a validated, accurate and objective remove-from-play sideline concussion screening test. With results in less than two minutes, trained parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and medical professionals can quickly assess if an athlete requires additional medical attention. Find out more about concussions here.


Western Duluth Little League Incorporates Concussion Tests

Western Duluth Little League players will be the first at their level in Minnesota to use the King-Devick test to help determine if they may need to go to the hospital for concussion evaluations. An Essentia Health grant allowed the league to buy iPads and enough tests for each player this season.

West Duluth Little League Takes Concussions Serious - Fox21Online

Duluth, Minn. Hundreds of baseball players in the West Duluth little league are now safer because of the contribution and team work from Essentia Health. A grant issued to the little league will allow technology into the dugout, a first of its kind in the state of Minnesota.

West Duluth Little League earns honor for baseline concussion tests

Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:22 PM EDT Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:22 PM EDT The West Duluth Little League beat 16 states to earn an honor for its safety program. The program implemented King-Devick , which is a program that conducts baseline concussion tests through the use of iPads.