Jason Mihalik, an assistant professor of Exercise and Sports Science in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Gerard Gioia, member of the UNC’s class of 1984 who currently works for the Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., co-authored a smartphone app which could help players, coaches and parents determine if someone has suffered a concussion.

The Concussion Recognition and Response App uses a checklist of symptoms like dizziness and memory problems, to guide the user through a series of questions in order to evaluate whether or not someone has suffered a concussion. The App does not provide a diagnosis, but rather provides feedback to the user to aid in the determination if the player should be removed from a game and seek additional medical attention. Removing concussed athletes from activity can be critical. A second impact after an initial head injury can often bring catastrophic consequences.