Concussion Coach

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A new app from the Department of Veterans Affairs helps veterans with mild traumatic brain injury

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Many veterans who sustain a spinal-cord injury (SCI) also deal with the effects of a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), a concussion. Concussions occur when someone either takes a blow to the head or body, or to someone who has had their skill penetrated or shattered—most often caused by falls, car accidents and violence. Because of this, frequently SCI and TBI go hand-in-hand.

A new application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) called “Concussion Coach” helps veterans with TBI take control of their concussion. The app, educates the user about concussions as well as their symptoms and treatments. Tools in the app help recognize and assess symptoms, and provide coping strategies. While helpful, Concussion Coach should not be used in place of professional help where needed. In fact, it even provides resources for accessing professional health care.

“We believe that Concussion Coach will support treatment with a health care professional by providing portable, convenient tools for the user to recognize symptoms and cope with concussion-related problems,” says Micaela Cornis-Pop, PhD, speech pathologist and lead subject matter expert for the app.

Concussion Coach, developed by VA Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services, the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology, can be download from the App Store on Apple Mobile devices or from Google Play on Android-powered devices. For more information, visit


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