Thirteen-year-old Madeline Yunker fell hard during a soccer match three years ago, striking her head on the turf with enough force to cause a concussion. When she seemed fine, Madeline’s coaches put her back in the game — and then she fell a second time. That was 4 years ago. Today, the Wisconsin high school student still battles post-concussion syndrome.
Madeline is one of more than 120,000 child athletes who experience a sports-related head injury each year — some of which are classified as traumatic brain injury (TBI). For years, researchers have been working to find a way to get injured athletes out of the game and into treatment as quickly as possible, so they don’t become victims of post-concussion headaches and migraines. Now, thanks to a free smartphone app called — Symptom Tracking App for Concussions (S.T.A.C.) — researchers are one step closer to helping athletes, parents and coaches deal with head injuries.
Knowing that concussions can be hard to diagnose – symptoms of sport head injuries may first appear hours or days later – the app was conceived by brain injury researcher Adam Pfaller.
“There were no good apps on the market that track symptoms for an athlete who gets a concussion,” says Pfaller. “Plus, patients can have biased or poor recall.
S.T.A.C. offers multiple advantages. It can store an individual player’s baseline or pre-injury status, giving parents and coaches a benchmark they can use to evaluate a player’s neurological health in the “gray area” moments after a head injury occurs. Players and parents also can track their post-injury symptoms in the app, an aid in making accurate reports to health care providers during the recovery process.
Sports and traumatic brain injuries can be dangerous; their symptoms — especially a headache or migraine — should not be ignored. A person should see a professional experienced in treating persons with severe migraine and headache IF the following occurs:
- Your headache is frequent.
- You have nausea and/or vomiting with a headache.
- You develop jaw pain.
- You have other head and neck pain.
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