iPad helps athletes, trainers detect and assess concussion injuries

iPad helps athletes, trainers detect and assess concussion injuries

The "Your Verse" section of Apple's web site - part of its ad campaign for the iPad Air - has been updated with a new section about how the iPad is being used to detect concussion injuries in athletes and help their trainers assess when they're ready to play again. Apple:

There is no typical recovery from concussion. And it’s not always clear when a full recovery has occurred. So as injured athletes progress, trainers like Cruickshank are with them every step of the way, monitoring their performance with C3 Logix on iPad. Typically, he tests them every five to six days. Because all the data collected on iPad is stored by the app, Cruickshank can share a complete picture of the athletes’ progress with doctors, parents, and coaches. That makes it much easier to judge when it’s safe for an athlete to return to action. St. Edward hockey coach Troy Gray says that seeing the persuasive test data is making his athletes more likely to cooperate with treatment and requested breaks from play.

C3 Logix uses the built-in accelerometer and gyroscopic data to test the athlete's reflexes, along with questions and tests to check out cognitive ability. Not only can trainers, coaches and medical staff keep track of how players recover, but the players can see for themselves how they're recovering from injury. Pretty cool!

Are you an athlete? Do you use any similar technology? What do you think of the iPad being used to help assess sports-related concussion injuries? Let me know in the comments.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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iPad helps athletes, trainers detect and assess concussion injuries


As a Army nurse, I hope this makes it to the level 2 and 3 facilities in Theater. Don't know too much about sports medicine, but this would be very valuable for us.

The problem with the segment is that it references the SCAT 2 Assessment tool that is not longer supported/able to use as an APP as we wait for someone to produce a new copy. The SCAT 3 was released ONE YEAR AGO, they are not keeping up with the time.
Also I AM AN ATHLETIC TRAINER, I was educated in diagnosing and returning to play athletes, if you think that your TRAINER at the gym could do that than there is no need to signify the difference between the two of us.

I, too, am a certified athletic trainer. I don't get too worked up if a coach or athlete calls me "the trainer", but when we are referenced in the media, we should be referred to as Athletic Trainers. I know this is an older post, but it'd be nice if Peter would change the title.

I agree with Mark_Shires that these and other apps should be available and responsibly updated to be used with Medical Specialists and guidance at home for those with concussions. I am glad that there is a bigger discussion and research into this type of injury.