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Child concussion recognition and recovery: a community delivered, evidenced-based solution

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posted on 2021-02-24, 23:07 authored by Cathriona Clarke, Vicki Anderson, Franz E Babl, Vanessa C Rausa, Gavin A Davis, Peter Barnett, Alison Crichton, Michael Takagi, Stephen JC Hearps, Katie Davies, Audrey McKinlay, Nicholas Anderson, Vivian Kwan, Sanji Kanagalingam, Gabi Ceregra, Anita Petris, Simone Darling, Patrick Clifton, Peter Harcourt
Pediatric concussion is a growing health concern. Concussion is generally poorly understood within the community. Many parents are unaware of the signs and varying symptoms of concussion. Despite the existence of concussion management and return to play guidelines, few parents are aware of how to manage their child's recovery and return to activities. Digital health technology can improve the way this information is communicated to the community. A multidisciplinary team of pediatric concussion researchers and clinicians translated evidence-based, gold-standard guidelines and tools into a smartphone application with recognition and recovery components. HeadCheck is a community facing digital health application developed in Australia (not associated with HeadCheck Health) for management of concussion in children aged 5-18 years. The application consists of (I) a sideline concussion check and (II) symptom monitoring and symptom-targeted psychoeducation to assist the parent manage their child's safe return to school, exercise and sport. The application was tested with target end users as part of the development process. HeadCheck provides an accessible platform for disseminating best practice evidence. It provides feedback to help recognize a concussion and symptoms of more serious injuries and assists parents guide their child's recovery.


This work was supported by the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Australian Football League (AFL).


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Annals of Translational Medicine





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10p. (p. 1-10)


AME Publishing Company



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