The Concussion Assessment and Response: Sport Version (CARE-Sport Version) is an app that helps athletic trainers, team physicians, and other qualified health care professionals assess the likelihood of a concussion and respond quickly and appropriately to this potentially serious medical situation. The CARE-Sport Version provides instruction during the assessment of an injury and helps the user document the details surrounding the injury itself; it also aids the clinician in tracking the recovery process. Assessment information recorded by the app can be e-mailed to physicians or other medical professionals. In addition, the CARE-Sport Version allows users to assess an athlete's readiness to return to play with a step-by-step testing regimen.
Injury Assessment [image 1, 2, 3]
From the instant a player is injured, the user can select "New Injury" to be guided through a primary emergency survey that helps the user rule out a cervical spine injury, evaluate concussion signs and symptoms, and assess cranial nerve function. The app provides CPR cues for unresponsive athletes with no pulse; it also helps the user to assess other serious signs of injury ("red flags") and provides a quick link to dialing 9-1-1.
Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) [image 1, 2]
The Balance Error Scoring System evaluates an athlete's ability to maintain postural stability, providing important information about loss of balance in an injured athlete. The CARE-Sport Version provides instructions for guiding an athlete through the BESS stances: single leg, double leg, and tandem. The app makes it easy to record baseline performance for healthy athletes; then, if an injury is suspected, the BESS can be administered again and the results compared to the individual's baseline.
Sideline Assessment of Concussion (SAC) [image 1, 2, 3]
The SAC assesses the mental status of the athlete. Its questions address orientation, immediate memory, concentration, and memory recall. The SAC also enables the user to record neurological findings such as the presence or loss of sensation, strength, and coordination in the athlete. SAC data can be recorded to provide baseline performance for each athlete; then, if an injury occurs, the SAC can be administered again and the results compared to the baseline scores.
Graded Symptom Checklist (GSC) [image 1, 2, 3]
This tool enables users to track the severity of post-concussion symptoms during the athlete's recovery process in quantifiable terms. Users first select the timing of the assessment by choosing baseline, injury, post-game, or recovery; they then rate the severity of each symptom on a graded scale from 0 (no symptoms) to 6 (severe).
Return-to-Play Guide [image 1]
The Return-to-Play Guide helps to protect athletes from further injury by guiding them through a daily gradual physical exercise routine that tests their tolerance for exertional activity. Through a five-step, tiered workout routine, users ensure that the athlete is able to handle the exertional exercises as they progress toward their return to play.
General Information [image 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
The app's concussion information section helps ensure that users have a comprehensive understanding of concussions as well as the function of the CARE-Sport Version. Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, and Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, concussion specialists from the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Children's National Medical Center, have provided users with the most current and relevant information for this section.
Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions
Included with the app is 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.
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Note: The CARE-Sport Version is for use by qualified medical professionals only. If you are a parent or coach, our Concussion Recognition & Response™: Coach & Parent Version app may be suitable for you.
For your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® Touch, or Android™ device or tablet. Requirements: iOS version 4.0 or higher on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad; Android Version 2.1 or higher for your Android-based device.