App helps diagnose sports injuries from sidelines

App helps diagnose sports injuries from sidelines
The Sideline Guidelines app works as a reference for on-field medical staffers when a player is injured.
The Sideline Guidelines app works as a reference for on-field medical staffers when a player is injured.
Dr. Tobola said she noticed a spike in concussions over the past year in her practice, something the Sideline Guidelines app also addresses.
Dr. Tobola said she noticed a spike in concussions over the past year in her practice, something the Sideline Guidelines app also addresses.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A new app is trying to speed-up the diagnosis of athletic injuries.

Developed by the Cleveland Clinic, Sideline Guidelines, is a pocket reference of common athletic injuries that one East Texas doctor expects will catch-on. Sports medicine specialist Dr. Allison Tobola said making quick decisions on the sidelines is key, so being able to review beforehand with the help of an app could make for a more accurate diagnosis.

"It'd be difficult if you're on the sideline to quickly refer to that to try to figure something out, but I think ahead of time them trying to prepare or try to refer or refresh your memory," Tobola said.

She added that the app does cover a variety of injuries, many she sees on a regular basis in East Texas athletes.

"There are very common injuries that are great for a lot of the athletic trainers to manage abrasions, cuts or ankle sprains," Tobola said.

Tobola said over the last year she has seen more concussion cases in her practice, but added that is likely because of
growing education and tools that help spread awareness. Sideline Guidelines also lists pre-season evaluations on the app to setup a baseline, and could help diagnose players later-on.

"There has been a great move in educational awareness that is helping people to identify, 'hey, I think I have a concussion,' so we are able to get them out of the game so they're not putting themselves in harms way," Tobola said.

She added that one of the more difficult topics is determining when a player should or should not return to a game. Tobola said it's best to have the on-site medical team make those decisions as each injury and player is different.

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