An app for people who have had a mild to moderate concussion or brain injury.
What does the app do?
This app is designed for people who have had a mild to moderate concussion or brain injury. The app is divided into 5 main sections:
- Learn: has comprehensive information about concussion including its symptoms and treatment
- Self-Assessment: enables users to track their symptoms and do a screening to ascertain the severity of the symptoms
- Manage the Moment: has a range of coping tools and symptom management options
- Build Resilience: comprises a wellness journal and goal recording
- Resources and Support: links mainly to US-based resources and supports.
Although this app, created by US Dept of Veterans Affairs, is mainly for veterans, it can be used by anyone who has had a mild to moderate concussion or brain injury. This app is best used alongside advice from a healthcare professional. For the complete app description, go to Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Developed by subject matter experts.
✔ Concussion screening questionnaire.
✔ Users can assess and track symptoms using the neurobehavioural symptom inventory (NSI). You can set reminders to monitor progress.
✔ Multiple guided visual and/or auditory tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, mindful breathing, etc.
✔ Multiple tips on distraction, perspective changing, grounding, sleep and pleasant activities.
✔ Link your own soothing audio and pictures for using in times of distress.
✔ Tools are integrated through the “manage this moment” tab where you select a symptom that is bothering you and it suggests a tool.
✘ Some of the educational information was a bit sparse. Of note is there was no information on concussion in its relation to sport, especially with regards to gradual return to play.
✘ The interface is a bit clunky, not particularly visually appealing and it can be difficult to find some of the tools.
✘ Other than bug fixes, the app has not had any significant updates since 2013.
Privacy and security
The app does not appear to collect any identifiable data but Veterans Affairs does collect anonymous usage data. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.
Date of review: November 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 42.31 MB
Updated on: 28/06/2018
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
Concussion Coach app is a useful educational tool for patients, with some caveats iMedicalApps, 2017
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP Registrar, RNZCGP
Date of review: November 2018
Comments: "This app is most useful for people with post-concussion syndrome, to learn about improving post-concussion syndrome symptoms.The app is developed by experts in the field. It has lots of information on concussion and useful tools - the most useful tools in the app are the symptom tracking (using the neurobehavioural symptom inventory questionnaire) and the “manage this moment” section with its integrated tools based on what kind of issue you are having. For example if you select you are having a headache and it will recommend one of several tools to help such as progressive muscle relaxation.
The app seems to have been designed with military veterans in mind, but it could be helpful for many people with post-concussion syndrome. It would be significantly less useful for sport related concussion, since it does not include information on how to return to activity and sport gradually.
The design of the app lets it down somewhat with it being clunky and not completely intuitive to use. Other than bug fixes it has not had any significant update since 2013.
Safety concerns: "None. It has triggers built in to advise you to see a doctor if you report certain symptoms."
New Zealand relevance: "The crisis and brain injury contact details are US based."