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Concussion recognition and response: instant pitch-side assessment?
  1. Jonathan Shurlock,
  2. Samuel Kelly
  1. Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, East Sussex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jonathan Shurlock, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9PX, UK; j.shurlock1{at}

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Name of the mobile application

The Concussion Recognition and Response App: Coach and Parent version.

Category of the mobile application

Concussion, health.


Requires iOS 4.0 or later (compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). Requires Android 3.2 and up.


Free—in-app purchase available.

About the app

The app provides a pitch-side assessment resource to help non-medically trained individuals recognise concussion and seek appropriate advice, where necessary. A disclaimer is provided, which clearly states that the app is not intended to replace trained medical assessment. The primary feature of the app is a simple, stepwise pro-forma to aid in the rapid assessment of an athlete with a possible concussion. The user is led through a series of yes/no questions relating to the signs and symptoms of concussion and traumatic brain injury, in addition to providing details on the mechanism, force and location of injury if known (figure 1). This …

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  • Contributors JS reviewed the android app, and SK reviewed the iOS app. Both authors contributed equally to the writing of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.