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Can an App Diagnose Injuries From the Sidelines?

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on February 24, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Team doctors and sports trainers don't have it easy. From broken bones and torn ligaments to dehydration and concussions, there are myriad possible injuries athletes can suffer. And for almost every one, early diagnosis is essential for player safety and recovery.

So, of course, there's no an app for that. Sideline Guidelines is an app designed to help medical professionals quickly identify, diagnose, and treat sports injuries both on the field and off. Hopefully this means fewer injuries and better treatment for athletes, especially at the high school level.

On-Field Injuries, on Your Phone

So here's how it works: the app is available for download and comes equipped with a summary of medical information on everything from diagnosing an injury to planning a training schedule. Medical professionals can easily search through the app's data and get the information they need.

Dr. Robert Molloy, who helped create Sideline Guidelines with a team from Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, believes the app can be "a game-changer for medical professionals and athletes," according to KLTV. "The app covers the most common medical emergencies and conditions impacting sports participants," he writes, "and runs the gamut of orthopaedic [sic] injuries from head to toe."

Athletes in Need

Many professional and upper-tier college athletics programs have the dedicated staff, resources, and technology to track their athletes' performance and diagnose injuries. But far more high school and club teams lack the expertise and means to provide athletes with the highest level of care. Hopefully, apps like Sideline Guidelines can bridge that gap, and make playing sports safer for all athletes.

"In the United States, there are an estimated 7.8 million high school athletes," notes Dr. Molloy in KLTV's report. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year." If sports injury apps can diagnose and treat those injuries more efficiently and reduce the number of hospitalizations, it will be well worth its free price tag.

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