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Transcript of Concussion Connect
"To examine the problem of concussion from a
multidisciplinary view that includes neuroscience,
clinical assessment, sports engineering, health
informatics, and societal issues."
"A brain injury caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head and body that alters the brain's functions"
Current Assessment Methods
Baseline IMPACT test
Key Research Insights
Second Impact Syndrome
Importance of Trainer/Athlete relationship
Differing policies between states/schools
Need for Better Assessment
High School Trainers
First Semester Investigation
Gap in sideline assessment
Interviewed Athletic Trainers
Need an affordable way to objectively evaluate players after a hit
Researched existing concussion apps for iPhones/Androids
Questionnaires, Symptoms Tracker, General Concussion Information
Our goal is to utilize features on a smartphone to objectively evaluate players on the sidelines.
High Schools have less funding than professional and collegiate level sports
Consequently, there is less funding that goes towards trainers and concussion resources
High school players, especially in football, have a higher incidence rate of concussions
Determine a specific target group:
Interviews of High School/Collegiate trainers
Research into statistical data on concussions, educational awareness, etc.
Insights from Interviews
Insight from General Research
Concussion prevalence in high school sports (ie. football)
Familiarize ourselves with concussion and the current issues surrounding it
Find possible gaps in assessment, prevention, diagnosis, etc.
Strengthen the existing strategies using our knowledge and capabilities
Provide a foundation and framework for future semesters
Dr. Michelle LaPlaca
Plans for a Smartphone APP
Scoring system for severity
For future semesters
Continuing general research in concussion knowledge
Determining link between which tests assess certain symptoms
Permission to use eye tracking software
Developing the App
Healthcare Professionals feedback
Marketing App to general public
Example App Feature: Checklist