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Think someone might have a concussion? Get out your tablet or smartphone

by David Needle

March 18 2013

A new app from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is designed to help coaches, parents and others quickly evaluate whether someone may have a concussion and what to do next.

Concussion QuickCheck is available for iPad (iOS) and Android devices and was developed with the AAN’s newly updated guidelines for diagnosing and evaluating a sports concussion.

The news comes at a time when mobile devices are increasingly being used as diagnostic and reference tools in healthcare. The release of the app to a more general audience, speaks to the ubiquity of mobile devices at sporting events and elsewhere.

"We hope this easy-to-access tool will help coaches, athletic trainers, parents and athletes alike to quickly determine if an athlete shows signs of concussion and needs to see a licensed health care professional trained in managing concussion, such as a neurologist,” said Dr. Christopher C. Giza. “It's a perfect tool to have on your iPad or smart phone when coaching or watching a game from the sidelines.”

Giza is with the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, who helped develop the content for the Concussion Quick Check app.

Specific features of the app include

  • What to do if an athlete has a head injury during a game
  • What to do if it appears the athlete has a concussion
  • When an athlete should return to the game
  • Help finding a neurologist near you (GPS capability)
  • Help finding state laws on concussion
  • Information about the Academy's new guideline for diagnosing, treating and managing sports concussion
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