The Concussion Recognition & Response education app is now available free of charge for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play for use on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android device, or tablet, its creator PAR said Thursday.
The CRR app helps coaches and parents recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, PAR said in a press release. In less than five minutes, parents or coaches can complete a checklist that helps them determine whether to seek medical attention.
The app allows users to record pertinent information regarding the child with a suspected concussion, providing an easy way to share that information with health-care providers. Following the injury, it helps record progress during recovery and provides concussion education material to share with a child’s school or teachers, according to the press release.
The CRR app was developed by concussion experts Gerard Gioia and Jason Mihalik using information from the CDC’s “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports” program. Based on the signs and symptoms outlined at the 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport (Zurich, 2008), the app was designed to use the same guidelines that doctors use to diagnose concussions.
The CRR has been endorsed by the National Medical Center, the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, and the Sports Concussion Institute.
NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young has the app his seal of approval.
“The Concussion Recognition & Response App gives parents and coaches a great tool to identify kids with suspected concussions,” he said in a statement. “It also is a great resource of information about concussions and what parents can do to help their child recover from the injury. This app should be a necessary part of every comprehensive youth concussion management and awareness program.”
The CRR app is available free of charge at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Founded in 1978, PAR is a leading publisher of assessment instruments, software and other related materials.