Opportunity to participate in a concussion mobile device app study

Dear Retta,


We are seeking individual teams to participate in this mobile device app concussion study and we hope you can assist us by enrolling teams you are affiliated with as well as by distributing this call for participants to all the teams in your area. Thank you!


Dear Pop Warner Team,


Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Colorado School of Public Health, along with the approval of the Pop Warner National Office, invite you to take part in an exciting study to investigate how a concussion injury application (app) for mobile devices may affect concussion diagnosis and decision-making regarding return-to-play among high school and middle school-aged football players. This study is called the 2014-2015 Spot Light RIOTM and will be carried out for the duration of the 2014-2015 football season.


We are enrolling 100 middle school-aged teams as well as 100 high school-aged football teams. One-half of the 100 enrolled middle school-aged teams will be randomized to report injuries in RIOTM(Reporting Information Online) and the other half will report injuries in RIOTM as well as answer questions on a mobile device app following a concussion. In order to be eligible to participate in the study, you must have an adult with previous medical training to be the reporter and a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch so that you can download and utilize the app. Training will be provided by the research team. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be compensated an additional $100 for your time.


Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you are interested and want to learn more about the study, please contact SpotlightRIO@nationwidechildrens.org or 614-355-5880.   


If you would like to be considered for this study, please select the link listed below and complete the brief survey in order to determine your eligibility for participation in this study. We will contact you within 72hr after completion of the survey to let you know if you and your team are eligible to participate.  


2014-2015 Spot Light RIO Enrollment Survey


If you are not interested in participating in this study, please disregard this email.


Thank you in advance for considering participation in this important study.


Lara McKenzie (Principal Investigator for Spot Light RIO Study)

Center for Injury Research and Policy

Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

700 Children’s Drive, RB3

Columbus, OH 43205

E-mail: Lara.McKenzie@NationwideChildrens.org

Phone: 614-355-5855

Fax: 614-355-5897

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