In-depth reviews of the Concussion coach app.
Note: This app appears to no longer be available in the New Zealand app stores.

Clinical review

Non-sports concussion

Sports concussion

: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: November 2018
Comments: This app is most useful for people with post-concussion syndrome, to learn about improving post-concussion syndrome symptoms. The app is developed by experts in the field. It has lots of information on concussion and useful tools - the most useful tools in the app are the symptom tracking (using the neurobehavioural symptom inventory questionnaire) and the “manage this moment” section with its integrated tools based on what kind of issue you are having. For example if you select you are having a headache and it will recommend one of several tools to help such as progressive muscle relaxation.
The app seems to have been designed with military veterans in mind, but it could be helpful for many people with post-concussion syndrome. It would be significantly less useful for sport related concussion, since it does not include information on how to return to activity and sport gradually.
The design of the app lets it down somewhat with it being clunky and not completely intuitive to use. Other than bug fixes it has not had any significant update since 2013.
Safety concerns: None. It has triggers built in to advise you to see a doctor if you report certain symptoms.
New Zealand relevance: The crisis and brain injury contact details are US based.

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