App for mobile phones helps diagnose concussions

By JOEDY McCREARY | June 2, 2011 | 5:00 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The next tool in the campaign against concussions might be your smartphone.

A doctor at the University of North Carolina teamed with other head-trauma researchers to develop an application for mobile devices that helps determine whether someone may have suffered a concussion.

Jason Mihalik of UNC's brain injury research center joined Justin Smith of Psychological Assessment Resources Inc. and the Children's National Medical Center in developing the program.

Smith says it's the first observer-based concussion app. After the user answers a series of questions, the app determines the likelihood of a concussion and can email information to a doctor.

They spoke Thursday as part of a seminar presented by the National Sports Concussion Cooperative.