Dawn Comstock, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, along with Lara McKenzie, Ph.D., of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, will test the effectiveness of Spot Light, an easy-to-use mobile app developed by Inlightened LLC, using a two-year, $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The app was designed to help doctors, coaches, athletic trainers and parents of young football players track the progress of a young athlete from the time of a concussion injury until they are cleared to return to play. The researchers want to know if the app will result in more concussions being reported, a greater number of referrals to doctors and better adherence to return-to-play guidelines. The goal is to improve diagnosis of concussions that are occurring among young athletes, and ensure that they are receiving appropriate care and are fully recovered before getting back on the field.

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