New App Helps Coaches and Parents Recognize and Respond to Possible Concussions in Young Athletes

Friday, May 27, 2011 General News J E 4

LUTZ, Fla., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Concussion Recognition & Response™ app from PAR allows coaches and parents to quickly determine whether an individual is exhibiting and/or reporting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion. In less than 5 minutes, coaches and parents can go through a checklist of possible signs and symptoms to decide whether to remove the child from play and seek medical attention. The app also provides home symptom monitoring for post-injury follow-up. Designed for the iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® Touch, and Android device or tablet, the app is now available for download from the Apple® App Store(SM) or Android Market.

Using information from the CDC's "Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" program, the app guides users through a set of questions to determine the likelihood of a suspected concussion based on observations by the parent or coach as well as symptoms reported by the athlete.

  • Takes only 5 minutes or less to complete the checklist.
  • Easily tracks athletes' recovery to share with health care providers.
  • Records GPS location of each incident for documentation.
  • A portion of all proceeds will be donated to support concussion research.

PAR's Concussion Recognition & Response app was developed by concussion experts Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, a pediatric neuropsychologist and chief of the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children's National Medical Center, and Jason Mihalik, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina.

Founded in 1978, PAR is a leading publisher of assessment instruments, software, and other related materials. Over the past three decades, PAR has earned a reputation for providing customers with innovative assessment solutions and unparalleled customer service.




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