A new cell phone app specializing in sports injury detection captured 99 percent more physical and mental health symptoms for college athletes than traditional sports medicine surveillance, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver.

Researchers sampled more than 100 college football and cross-country athletes at three NCAA Division I universities during 2015 with a smartphone-based application used to collect health data in athletes’ natural environments. They found over 99 percent of the health symptoms obtained would not have been captured through traditional injury surveillance that relies on electronic medical records or clinician reports.

“These initial results are striking and provide important insight as to how we may be able to better interface athletes with the sports medicine team in the college setting,” said lead researcher Christine Baugh, MPH, Harvard University. “The ultimate goals would be to improve the health care received by college athletes and also to make injury and symptom surveillance more robust in these populations.”

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