The CDC’s “Heads Up” App detects brain injuries
The Center for Disease Control (CDC’s) new “Heads Up” app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices has just been released. It is great app about brain injuries for students, teachers and coaches involved in sports.
The app is available for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App store.
The app is available for Andoid via Google Play.
This easily accessible app will allow coaches to prevent players with a concussion from returning to play after a concussion, so that more serious injuries can be prevented. While single mild traumatic brain injuries are known to cause permanent brain damage in approximately 15% of the population, repetitive brain injuries can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or death.
Serious cognitive and behavioral changes associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been at the center of the dispute between players and the NFL regarding the long term consequences of concussions on athletes. A number of players have committed suicide as a result of the long term cognitive, behavioral and psychological consequences of brain injury.
It is always better to prevent a brain injury, rather live with its consequences.