Sex differences on vestibular and ocular motor assessment in youth athletes

Context The Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) is a newly developed measure that evaluates vestibular and ocular motor symptom provocation after sport-related concussion. The effects of sex on baseline VOMS scores in youth athletes have not been established. Objective To examine sex differences on baseline VOMS assessment among youth athletes. Results No sex differences were demonstrated between male and female youth athletes on individual VOMS items (P range = .07-.98). Female sex was not associated with increased odds for VOMS scores over clinical-cutoff levels (range: odds ratio = 0.64; 95% confidence interval = 0.35, 1.15; P = .13; odds ratio = 0.91; 95% confidence interval = 0.48, 1.71; P = .77). Conclusions No sex differences were present on baseline VOMS scores in youth athletes, nor was sex a risk factor for an abnormal VOMS score. These findings highlight the need for continual baseline and postconcussion assessments using multifaceted assessment strategies.
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Subjects: junior elite sport eye balance motor skill relation sex female male injury brain head
Notations: biological and medical sciences junior sports
Tagging: Gehirnersch├╝tterung
DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-220-18
Published in: Journal of Athletic Training
Published: 2019
Volume: 54
Issue: 4
Pages: 445-448
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced