Concussion Coach
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 05:08 PM

The VA has developed a mobile application to help support veterans who suffer from mild to moderate concussions.  To better meet the needs of veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed “Concussion Coach,” a mobile application that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies.

The Concussion Coach app is designed to educate users about concussions, related symptoms, and treatments, and to also enable users to recognize and assess symptoms. The app identifies resources for managing symptoms and planning tools to build resilience. It provides access to crisis resources, as well, including personal support contacts and ways in which the user can obtain professional healthcare.

“In developing the Concussion Coach, we applied the science and the clinical recommendations that have emerged from the recent efforts of researchers and practitioners across many agencies, organizations, and institutions to better understand the nature and consequences of injury to the brain.” 

The application will be helpful to everyone who suffers from mild to moderate concussions.  Its development came about as a result of knowledge gained by VA medical staff in treatment of TBI. While combat injuries to service members and injuries to professional athletes gain media attention, TBI is most often caused by falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults.

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