Concussion App helps parents and coaches (Article)

The  sports season and the injuries that inevitably accompany it are upon us.  Parents and coaches should have all the tools possible to respond when injuries occur, especially serious injuries such as concussions.  Concussions are especially common in rough sports such as football and wrestling; they occur when the brain is thrust against the inside of the skull, damaging vital tissues in the process. We’ve all heard about the dangers of concussions, but we may not be able to recognize all the symptoms and their severity in time to take appropriate action. With the powers of technology, however, now there’s an app for that!

The Concussion Recognition and Response app, or CRR, helps parents and coaches identify the first signs of a concussion and advises them on the medical measures that need to be taken in case of injury. In less than five minutes, parents can review a checklist of concussive symptoms including dizziness, headaches, and confusion to decide what action to take. What’s more, if the child exhibits symptoms of concussion, the app allows parents to record the symptoms and email them to local health care providers for a professional opinion.

When time is of the essence, this app offers good help during scary situations. Remember, however, that as great as technology is, it’s not as reliable as a real-life doctor; if there’s the smallest chance that your child has a concussion, please consult your doctor. As the old saying goes, “A stitch in time saves nine.”  In other words, early recognition of a serious brain injury may avert further damage later.

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Written by Keri Register and Paul Smolen M.D.

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