Now updated with a new look and feel!

The Concussion Recognition & Response™ App
Developed by Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, and Jason Mihalik, PhD

The Concussion Recognition & Response™ app is a new tool that helps coaches and parents recognize whether an individual is exhibiting/reporting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion. The app allows a coach or parent to respond quickly and appropriately to this potentially serious medical situation. In less than 5 minutes, the user can go through a checklist of possible signs/symptoms to determine whether to remove the child from play and the need for further medical examination. The app allows users to record pertinent information regarding a child with a suspected concussion and share that information via email with health care professionals; it also provides a system for post-injury follow-up. With answers to Frequently Asked Questions for parents and coaches, this tool is an invaluable guide for learning about concussions.

Benefits and Features:

Concussion Recognition and Response

Using information from the CDC’s “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports” program, the app guides users through a set of questions to determine the likelihood of a suspected concussion based on observations by the parent or coach as well as symptoms reported by the athlete. In addition to the child’s name, age, gender, and sport, the location of the injury is tracked by the device’s GPS, and its camera can be used to photograph the injury. Along with the answers to the guided questions, this information can be emailed to a health care provider to provide accurate documentation of the child’s condition at the time of the injury.

Home Symptom Monitoring (HSM)

After following up with health care providers, the app allows a parent or caregiver to record a child’s symptoms through periodic evaluations, which are tracked in the hours, days, or weeks following an injury. The information compiled using the HSM can then be emailed to the health care professionals, providing an update on the child’s recovery.

Return-to-Play Guide

Based on information from the CDC, the Return-to-Play Guide helps to protect children and athletes from further injury by guiding them through a daily exercise routine that assists in their ability to return to play. Through a five-step, tiered workout routine and in collaboration with the child’s health care provider, parents and coaches can ensure that the child is able to handle added exercise without further injury or discomfort.

Concussion Information

The app’s concussion information section helps coaches and parents to make an informed decision regarding how to proceed after a child’s injury. Provided by authors Gerard A. Gioia and Jason Mihalik, concussion specialists from the Children’s National Medical Center and the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, this feature includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions for coaches and parents.

Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions

Included with the app is a concussion overview page that users can share with other coaches, parents, or athletes. This overview, which can be sent directly from the mobile device via email, is an excellent way to share important information about how to recognize and respond to head injuries.

In-App Purchases

The Concussion Recognition & Response app allows you to customize the look-and-feel of the app with sport-related themes. Choose a theme that matches your team. Currently available for purchase are hockey, football, soccer, and lacrosse—with more coming soon!

What's New

Version 2.0

• Now updated with a new look and feel!
• Fixed broken links

Ratings and Reviews

Dr. Robert Stern

CRR is superb and by far the best out there for parents and coaches

As a neuropsychologist, a brain researcher studying the long-term effects of sports-related concussion, and as the parent of athletes, I am writing this review to point out some very important differences between the CRR and another app (“Concussion”) by Sports Safety Labs. In short, the CRR is vastly superior in all aspects of design and use, including easy-to-maneuver screens, valuable and understandable descriptions of how to recognize the symptoms and signs of a concussion, and critical information and guidelines about how to respond quickly and appropriately to the injury. The focus of this app is entirely consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which emphasizes that when it comes to sports-related concussion, the non-medical person should focus on “recognition” (not diagnosis) and “response” (not treatment). In very stark contrast to the CRR, the SSL app is much more appropriate for medical professionals than it is for parents and coaches. The SSL app is similar to the SCAT2 diagnostic tool for concussion that is meant to be used by medically trained personnel and not by untrained parents and coaches. Although for the medically-trained user, the SSL app is good, I strongly feel that the CRR by PAR is a superior app for parents and coaches who may be in the position of recognizing and reporting a possible concussion.

A. Glang, PhD

Research Scientist

This app has great potential in the school setting. I think coaches and PE teachers will find this very easy to use. It has the right amount of information--and doesn't overwhelm. You can find what you need when you need it. I work with school teams on concussion management and know that they will find this a great tool that will complement the other tools they use to keep kids safe (education, sound policy, etc). I really like the capability to create a profile.

Sara KR234


As a Nurse and mother of 4 boys this app is a lifesaver! The fear of misdiagnosing a head injury has been removed. This app walks a parent, even one with no medical background, through the vital steps in recognizing the symptoms which require immediate attention, and leaves you with a well defined monitoring list to home with! It takes all the guessing about a head injury away! Thanks to all the brilliant minds that composed this.


Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
38.3 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
© PAR, Inc


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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