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This app educates athletes about concussions via Google Cardboard

Pat MedinaSeptember 28th 2015
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The Breakthrough

UA College of Medicine-Phoenix is developing an app to educate athletes about the early signs of concussions. Using Google Cardboard, which is compatible with any smartphone, the athlete will be assisted by a voice over that plays a coach who will prompt him/her if they’re experiencing signs of having a concussion (Eg. double vision). A prototype is expected to be presented this winter to NCAA officials. 

The Implications

Sports-related concussions have risen through the years, which has led the NCAA to implement some protocols regarding the matter. Educating athletes about the signs of concussions is a big part of the solution, so through this medium, the idea that it can happen to anyone anytime and no symptom is too minor would be embedded in their minds.

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