CDC Heads Up Rocket Blades

This app is a game for children aged 6-8, to learn about the signs of symptoms of concussion and what to do if you hit your head.

Rocket Blades By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Game
  • Designed for children 6-8 years old
  • Education and information

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What does the app do?

This app aims to teach children about concussion, in an enjoyable, entertaining game. By playing the game, children learn the different ways the brain can get hurt during sports activities, how important it is to tell a coach, parent, or other adult when an injury occurs and the importance of taking time to rest and recover if they have a concussion. 

When players are injured the game simulates concussion symptoms, making the screen blurry and play more challenging. Children are prompted to tell a grown-up when a player is injured and swap injured players out for a healthy teammate. At the end of each level, a doctor checks out all the injured players to make sure their brains are rested and recharged, and they are healthy to race. 

For the complete app description, go to iTunes and the app website.


✔ Developed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control)

✔ Teaches a few important points about concussion to a target age of 6-8-year olds.

✘ Sudden sharp increase in difficulty from level 5

Privacy and security

The app does not collect personal, identifiable data. A privacy policy is available. No concerns. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: November 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 95.49 MB
Version: 1.0
Updated on: 20/12/2017

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Daugherty J, Miles I, Sarmiento K, et al. A Description and Evaluation of the Concussion Education Application HEADS UP Rocket Blades. Health Promot Pract. 2018 Mar 1:1524839918764670.

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