Before jumping headfirst into the next sports season, make sure you are prepared to deal with brain injuries before they occur. Check out what you can take to the bleachers and sidelines for athlete safety on your Smartphone. That’s right, for concussion safety, there are applications, or “apps,” available for the iPhone or Android that could help screen for mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI, in athletes. Symptoms, tests, and reports can be accessed right there by the court or field.
Here are four concussion screening apps that can help determine if a brain injury has occurred.
Keep in mind that an app does not replace the advice of a doctor; dial 911 if you think someone may have sustained a concussion. And please note that Brainline.org does not endorse these or any specific products.
Concussion Assessment & Response: For Athletic Trainers and Healthcare Professionals
The Concussion Assessment and Response™: Sport Version (CARE-Sport Version) app helps athletic trainers, team physicians, and other qualified health care professionals assess the likelihood of a concussion and respond quickly and appropriately to this potentially serious medical situation. From the instant a player is injured, the app guides trainers and healthcare professionals through a survey that helps rule out a cervical spine injury, evaluate concussion signs and symptoms, and assess cranial nerve function.
The CARE-Sport app was developed by Gerard Gioia, PhD, Director of the SCORE Concussion program at Children’s National, in collaboratation with colleagues at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and PAR Inc.
Concussion Recognition & Response: For Youth Coaches & Parents
Concussion Recognition and Response was developed by Dr. Gerard Gioia, a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Children’s National Medial Center in Washington, DC and the director of SCORE concussion program. The app, launched through PAR, Inc., is designed for the Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app integrates information that Dr. Gioia developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Heads Up initiative. Parents and coaches answer basic questions about the signs (what they observe) and symptoms (what an injured athlete reports) to determine if the athlete has suffered a suspected concussion and how to respond. Additionally, an email interface allows detailed information taken on the field to be sent immediately to the athlete’s parents and physician.
Developed and maintained by the Brain Injury Research Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the STAC app tracks symptoms of a concussion using the SCAT3 symptom checklist. Administer a baseline assessment prior to the beginning of a sport season or use the checklist to evaluate concussion symptoms when an injury is suspected. If an injury is sustained, track your symptom recovery using the checklist. Learn about common signs, symptoms, and return to work/play guidelines for concussion. Easy to use for anyone who is affected by a head injury including: athletes, parents, coaches, athletic trainers and the general population. The SCAT3 checklist is from the 2012 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport.
The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 was developed primarily for medical and health professional use. The iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app can be used for a baseline test, or pre-season and pre-concussion evaluations, which help interpret an athlete’s individualized, post-injury scores. A standardized method is used to evaluate injured athletes for concussions using common questions and concussion screening techniques. The tests can be saved on this version of the app, and e-mailed to other health professionals.
The first few minutes after a possible TBI are critical, and with concussion screeners located right there in your purse, pocket, or sports bag, you can use those moments effectively.
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New apps are coming out every day. Have you discovered any concussion screener apps that have worked for you? Share them with us at info@BrainLine.org.
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