By Wayne Hans
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
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.
The app is good in that it works just like a paper and pencil version. The major drawback I have found is that it tends to freeze. The only solution to that problem is to reinstall the app. The problem with that is you lose all your data. The app also does not let you toggle between selections. For example, selecting a post-injury assessment rather than baseline or male to female. These problems make the app useless. These problems need to be fixed because the app is potentially very useful.
Waste of money
This app seems great in theory, but it was a giant waste of time and money. The app has not been updated to work with current iOS platforms apparently because it does not allow the user to change any of the drop down menu options at all; it also fails to allow the user to use any keyboard other than the default one. So frustrating. I wish I could have my $3.99 back.