UA team to present concussion app to NCAA

Published: Feb. 1, 2016 at 9:22 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona team that created a virtual-reality app to help athletes recognize signs of concussion will be presenting its app to NCAA officials in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 5, according to a press release.

The app is called BrainGainz.

It was developed by Ricardo Valerdi, associate professor of systems engineering at the UA, along with Hirsch Handmaker and Jonathan Lifshitz at the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix.

READ: UA researchers, athletes work to develop concussion education app

Many student athletes don't recognize concussion symptoms, or won't report them even if they do, according to researchers.

The BrainGainz app is meant to change that by allowing users to experience the symptoms of a concussion through virtual reality.

The UA team developed the app as part of the NCAA Mind Matters Challenge.

The program is part of a $30 million partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to educate student athletes and soldiers about concussion.

The BrainGainz team is one of four finalists in the Mind Matters Challenge.

If the app is selected as a winner, it will be made available to about 400,000 NCAA student athletes across the country.

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