WSU doctor helps create iPhone app to detect concussions

WICHITA, Kansas – A doctor at Wichita State University, Dr. Jeremy Patterson, has helped to create an app that detects brain injuries and concussions.

“It’s a quick three-minute test,” Chase Curtiss, former WSU graduate student said. “The balance is using the accelerometer in the phone. They hold it against their chest, stand on one foot, and we’re measuring the sway of their upper body.” Other tests are also a part of the app including memory tests, response time and more.

The app called Concussion Manager, is still in testing and will only be available on iPhones to start and will cost sport teams about $25 per player to subscribe.

Dr. Patterson estimates that 80 to 85 percent of concussions are undiagnosed.

 

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