Concussions and football have been scoring all kinds of headlines. The fear of course being damaged caused from play-related head blows; namely Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It's a degenerative brain disease found in people a history of repetitive brain trauma.
As high school football season starts...technology, sports, and medicine is coming together with an app developed for coaches and trainers called Sway. You could think of it as a high-tech, mobile alternative to the standard pen and paper diagnostic tests currently used.
The company behind the app says it's designed to screen athletes for concussions instantaneously.
There are many different facets to concussion evaluation and management including cognitive function, orientation and postural balance, memory, exertion, and neurological symptoms.
It works by using the motion detectors in a smartphone to test for balance tests -- by pressing it up to the chest -- gathering measurable evidence to show whether a person has probably suffered a concussion. An algorithm calculates stability on a scale -- 100 being stable.
Currently, Sway Medical technology is utilized to provide instantaneous clinical management of concussions for athletes from age 10 through adulthood.
Future versions of the app will assist in monitoring patient outcomes in physical therapy, orthopedic and primary care physician practices, senior living facilities, and work-site medical clinics settings.
In addition to evaluating certain health risks, the app is expected to be influential in monitoring the impact of prescribed medications.
You can use Sway Balance on iOS and Android devices. Just download the app.
On Twitter Sway Medical tweets how the app has been validated by over 40 studies, and that it takes just three minutes to conduct a sideline test.
You can read more abut the app and how it works by clicking here.