Concussions have become a big deal in sports. No longer are athletes encouraged to "tough out" head injuries and get back in the game. Instead, professional leagues, schools, and amateur athletic organizations have developed protocols for identifying concussions and making sure individuals are symptom-free before allowing them to return to the field of play.
A CES app showcase outside one of the main exhibit halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center featured a $3.99 app for Apple iOS and Android devices called Concussion Recognition and Response. This product from PAR of Lutz, Fla., walks coaches and parents of young athletes through a checklist of concussion signs and symptoms, following protocols adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Concussions in Youth Sports initiative. Users can e-mail the results to health professionals to document the patient's condition.
The app also features a home symptom monitor for follow-up care and a workout routine to help injured young athletes get ready to return to action.