Mobile apps to help detect concussions

Concussion Recognition and Response™

Concussion Recognition and Response™ is a great app that helps coaches and parents recognize whether an individual is exhibiting/reporting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion. The app allows a coach or parent to respond quickly and appropriately to this potentially serious medical situation. In less than 5 minutes, the user can go through a checklist of possible signs/symptoms to determine whether to remove the child from play and the need for further medical examination. The app allows users to record pertinent information regarding a child with a suspected concussion and share that information via email with health care professionals; it also provides a system for post-injury follow-up. With answers to Frequently Asked Questions for parents and coaches, this tool is an invaluable guide for learning about concussions.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Android requires 2.2 and up.

Heads Up Football

Create a better, safer game with this free USA Football Heads Up Football app, which includes concussion awareness, equipment fitting, and proper tackling technique from USA Football, developed with support from the NFL. Bring USA Football to your league’s sideline. USA Football teaches the sport in new, innovative ways and is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. The Heads Up Football app is the official mobile app of USA Football and NFL FLAG. Along with up-to-date information on concussion awareness and management, Heads Up Football breaks down tackling into five basic fundamentals for youth players through drills to introduce then re-enforce each step. Beginning in a non-contact environment and progressing to full-speed contact, the instruction improves tackling skills, increases safety and limits helmet-to-helmet contact. It’s the essential app for youth football parents, coaches and commissioners.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Android requires 2.2 and up.