By Wayne Hans
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The SCAT2 app is a new, smartphone version of the “Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2” developed by a group of international experts at the 3rd International Consensus meeting on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, Switzerland in November 2008 and published in volume 43, supplement 1 of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
This app is for use by medical and health professionals on athletes aged from 10 years and older. It is not meant to diagnose mild traumatic brain (MTBI) injuries alone, however comparing preseason baseline scores to those post-injury will assist medical and health professionals in their interpretation of SCAT2 scores and ultimately in their assessment of possible MTBI.
This SCAT2 app is the ONLY SCAT2 app on the market that allows users to save tests! Once a test is complete, results can be saved (up to 50) and/or emailed to the examiner or other medical or health professionals. The emailed results of the test consist of all pertinent information required for thorough record-keeping and injury assessment including all “Overall Score” data from the SCAT2 (symptom score, physical signs score, Glasgow Coma score, balance score, coordination score, SAC score, and Maddocks Score) as well as all symptoms and their severities.
The Balance Examination Test page includes a timer with a short vibration and beep when the timer hits 20 seconds to allow the tester to watch the athlete for errors.
This app is the most user-friendly and thorough smartphone version of the SCAT2 that is available for use on sidelines, in athletic training facilities, and in clinics everywhere.
I'm not sure what "maydaysmak" was talking about, this app (based on a tool developed by medical experts) is an absolutely perfect sideline tool for assessing a possible concussion. This can certainly be used for attaining research results, but any good sideline physician knows what the SCAT2 is and what it's used for. If you're going to badmouth the app, badmouth the international experts that developed the tool this app is based on. I use this app each Friday on my football sidelines and nearly everyday in and out of my ATF.
Not so good
Poor interface; much better options are available from other developers for concussion management. This app has the worst features of any TBI app. Search the app store for "concussion" and you'll find superior concussion management apps.
SCAT is for Research
Not useful for a sideline Physician