A mobile application optimized for Apple’s iPad will be used during the 2013-14 NFL season for the purpose of helping teams discover if a player has suffered a concussion on the field.
ESPN reports that the NFL is increasingly concerned with the dangers of improperly treated or misdiagnosed head trauma. As a result of this high-tech effort, the NFL is being praised for using the latest mHealth resources to ensure the wellness of players.
League officials demonstrated how the new system will work at the annual scouting combine Friday in Indianapolis. The move comes after a recommendation from the NFL’s Head, Neck & Spine Committee.
The iPad app, we are told, doesn’t play into how concussions are treated. It merely creates “a scoring system” to determine if there are “large discrepancies between a player’s baseline score and his gameday score.”
If there is a noticeable and significant difference, a concussion can be more easily diagnosed.