The American Academy of Neurology launches app for identifying concussion in sports injury


The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has launched a new app called “Concussion QuickCheck”, to help coaches, athletic trainers, parents and athletes quickly evaluate if someone may have a concussion and needs to see a licensed health care provider, such as a neurologist, who is specialised in concussion, according to a society release.

The app, which is available for iPad, IOS (Apple), Android, and mobile, was developed in partnership with the Academy’s updated guideline for diagnosing and evaluating sports concussion. The announcement of the new app was made at the Academy’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, USA, (in conjunction with the release of the updated sports concussion guideline.

Key information and tools in the Concussion Quick Check app include:

  • Common signs of concussion
  • Symptoms of concussion
  • Things the athlete may tell you
  • 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 (with global positioning system capability)
  • Help finding state laws on concussion
  • More about the Academy’s new guideline for diagnosing, treating and managing sports concussion

“The American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest association of neurologists, is the trusted authority in managing sports concussion,” said Christopher C Giza, David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital, University of California Los Angeles, USA, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, who helped develop the content for the Concussion Quick Check app. “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. It’s a perfect tool to have on your iPad or smart phone when coaching or watching a game from the sidelines.”