Another app that’s useful for parents and coaches is “The Concussion Recognition & Response App.” This app can be used by parents and coaches to assist in recognizing whether an athlete or a child is either reporting or exhibiting signs and/or symptoms consistent with a concussion. The app uses a progressive set of questions that are derived from the Center for Disease Control’s publication “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports.” This app, while designed for sports injuries, can also be used to monitor a child at home, following suffering a concussion in a fall or accident including a car accident, by using the “Home Symptom Monitoring” function. The data can also be emailed to a health provider to provide a good symptom summary just after the injury occurs.
The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Inc. has been instrumental in developing the FINR Brain Atlas App. This app is an educational tool for everyone, except perhaps those who qualify as medical experts in the field of brain injury and brain anatomy. The app affords the capability of exploring the anatomy of the brain and common brain injuries and presents images in three dimensions. Relatively detailed descriptions of the structures of the brain, normal functions of those structures, and common injuries affecting those structures can be found. The app also provides a summary of the types of deficits that can result from damage to various brain structures. Injuries described include aneurysm, anoxic/hypoxic encephalopathy, cerebral contusion, cerebral infarction/stroke, diffuse axonal injury (DAI), intraventricular hemorrhage, penetrating head wound, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and subdural hematoma.
A more thorough list of Apps that may be of great assistance to patients with an acquired brain injury can be found at the BrainLine web site. There you will find “27 Life-Changing iPhone and iPad Apps for People with Brain Injury” and “20 Life-Changing Android Apps for People with Brain Injury“.