Is it a concussion? There's an app to help you evaluate your kids

Published 06/09 2014 05:38PM

Updated 06/09 2014 06:02PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - It just got easier for you to figure out if your son, daughter, grandchild or anyone has suffered a concussion.

The Centers for Disease Control have made much of its information on the subject available in the new Heads Up App, available now for free on your mobile device so you can refer to it right while you're watching a game.

Download the app now:
- iPhone
- Android

Dr. Brian Rieger, Director of the Upstate Concussion Center said, “The fact that a simple list of signs and symptoms is instantly, readily available is very good. This is something when I do talks about this to coaches I'm going to refer to this now and say ‘hey, get out your phones and while I'm talking here you can download the app.’"

It's not just for parents and coaches, it's also designed for kids too, which Rieger says can help stimulate conversation on the way home from a game if there's even a suspicion of a concussion.

While Dr. Reiger says the app does not diagnosis a concussion and isn’t a substitute for a medical evaluation, it can give you the groundwork.

It also contains information about returning to play as well as returning to school, which Reiger says is often overlooked.

“High school kids in particular take longer to recover, you can run into lots of problems,” he said.

The app also includes information on selecting the right helmet for an activity and other detailed helmet safety information.

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