New App Helps Athletic Trainers and Doctors Assess Concussions on the Field

Concussion Assessment & Response: Sport Version (AppStore Link)
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Concussion Assessment & Response: Sport Version
Developer: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
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The Concussion Assessment and Response™: Sport Version (CARE-Sport Version) is a new app from PAR that helps athletic trainers, team physicians, and other health care professionals assess and respond to a potential concussion—one of the most common yet serious medical situations for athletes at all levels. From the instant a player is injured, the app guides users through a series of questions and activities that helps rule out a cervical spine injury, evaluate concussion signs and symptoms, and assess cranial nerve function. Designed for the iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® Touch, Android device or tablet, the app is now available for download from the Apple® App Store or Android Marketplace.

Concussion Assessment and Response App

The CARE-Sport app was developed by concussion experts.

The CARE-Sport Version app features:

  1. The Balance Error Scoring System (BESS), which evaluates an athlete's ability to maintain postural stability, providing important information about loss of balance in an injured athlete.
  2. The Sideline Assessment of Concussion (SAC), which assesses the mental status of the athlete—it addresses orientation, immediate memory, concentration, and memory recall.
  3. A Graded Symptom Checklist (GSC), which enables users to track the severity of post-concussion symptoms during the athlete's recovery process.
  4. A Return-to-Play Guide, which helps protect athletes from further injury by guiding them through a gradual daily physical exercise routine that tests their tolerance for exertional activity.
  5. A Concussion Information Section, which helps ensure that users have a comprehensive understanding of concussions as well as the function of the CARE-Sport Version.
  6. The ACE Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions, an instructional page that users can share with non-medical personnel, including coaches, parents, and athletes, to guide early management of the athlete following a concussion.

PAR's CARE-Sport Version app was developed by concussion experts Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, Assistant Professor at the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, Director of the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Please note: The CARE-Sport Version is for use by qualified medical professionals only. If you are a parent or coach, please visit http://crr.parinc.com to learn more about our Concussion Recognition & Response™: Coach & Parent Version.

PAR will donate a portion of all proceeds from the sale of this app to support concussion research at the Children's National Medical Center and the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center.

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