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Description

Now updated with a new look and feel!

The Concussion Assessment and Response™: Sport Version (CARE) 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. CARE provides instruction and helps document details during injury assessment and aids in tracking the recovery process. Assessment information recorded by the app can be e-mailed to physicians or other medical professionals. CARE also allows users to assess an athlete's readiness to return to play with a step-by-step testing regimen.

FEATURES:

Injury Assessment and CPR Cues
Balance Evaluation Scoring System (BESS)
Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC)
Graded Symptom Checklist (GSC)
Return-to-Play Guide
Concussion General Information (FAQs)
ACE Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions

HOW IT WORKS:

Injury Assessment

From the instant a player is injured, the user can select "New Injury" to be guided through a primary emergency survey that helps 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 and helps the user assess other serious signs of injury ("red flags") and provides a quick link to dialing 9-1-1.

Balance Error Scoring System (BESS)

The BESS evaluates an athlete's ability to maintain postural stability, providing important information about loss of balance in an injured athlete. CARE 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)

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 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)

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 and then rate the severity of each symptom on a graded scale from 0 (no symptoms) to 6 (severe).

Return-to-Play Guide

This tool helps 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

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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Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Jul 13, 2012 (over 6 years ago).

Releasing new versions every over 1 year, on average.

Nov 07
2016
(Current)
Version 1.3.4

Add sport list

Nov 03
2016
Version 1.3.3

Updated look and feel
Fixed broken links

Feb 09
2015
Version 1.3.1

Platform updates.

Jul 13
2012
Version 1.1

The Concussion Assessment and Response: Sport Version app, or CARE, is a new tool that helps medical professionals and athletic trainers assess the likeliness of a concussion and respond quickly and appropriately to this potentially serious medical situation. The CARE provides instruction during the assessment of an injury; it also provides tools that can help document the injury as well as recovery. All the recorded assessment information can be shared via email with other doctors or other medical professionals. The CARE allows users to test an athlete’s readiness to return to play via a step-by-step testing regimen. This tool is an invaluable way to assess possible concussions and respond appropriately.

FEATURES:


Injury Assessment and CPR Cues
Balance Evaluation Scoring System (BESS)
Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC)
Graded Symptom Checklist (GSC)
Return-to-Play Guide
Concussion General Information (FAQs)
ACE Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions


HOW IT WORKS:


Injury Assessment


From the instant the player is injured, the user can select “New Injury” to be guided through a series of questions that will determine the appropriate response. If the athlete is not breathing or lacks a pulse, the app will provide counting and illustration for chest compressions and breathing support. The CARE will also assist the user in assessing other serious signs of injury including cervical spine injury, cranial nerve trauma, and a concussion.


Balance Evaluation Scoring System (BESS)


The Balance Evaluation Scoring System is an assessment that evaluates an athlete’s ability to maintain a stance without errors. The CARE provides instructions and illustrations that guide users through the three stances in a BESS assessment: single leg, double leg, and tandem. The user records the number of errors made and compares that result to the results of other BESS assessments the athlete has been given.


Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC)


The Sideline Assessment of Concussion is provided in electronic format and can be recorded for baseline, injury, post-game, or recovery. The questions in the SAC cover orientation, extended memory, concentration, and delayed recall. The SAC also records the presence or loss of sensation, strength, and coordination in the athlete.


Graded Symptom Checklist (GSC)


This tool enables users to track the severity of symptoms for each athlete during the recovery process. Users first select the nature of the assessment by choosing baseline, injury, post-game, or recovery; then they rate the severity of each symptom on a scale from 0 (no symptoms) to 6 (severe). This feature enables users to quantify a patient’s progress during recovery from a concussion.


Return-to-Play Guide


This part of the app helps to protect children and athletes from further injury by guiding them through a daily exercise routine that tests their ability to return to play. Through a five-day, tiered workout routine, parents can ensure that their child is able to handle the added exercise without further injury or discomfort.


Concussion General Information


The app’s concussion information helps ensure that medical professionals are provided a comprehensive understanding of concussions as well as the assessments they will be administering via the CARE. All concussion information in this section has been provided by Gerard A. Gioia, PhD and Jason Mihalik, PhD, concussion specialists from the Children’s National Medical Center and the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center.


Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions


Included with the app is a concussion overview page that users can share with other coaches, parents, or athletes. This overview is an excellent way to share important information about how to recognize and respond to concussions.



Note: 15% of all proceeds from the sale of this app will be donated to support concussion research.

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