Early stage: This app could reduce the dangers of concussions in young athletes

Startup of the week:

Who they are: PRIVIT

What they do: Their app seeks to keep young athletes safer by helping coaches and trainers report and properly treat concussions and other injuries and medical conditions.

Why it’s cool: There’s been plenty of buzz recently about the dangers of concussions in impact sports — including the link between playing in the N.F.L. and the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. But it’s a problem for kids too. Nearly one in five U.S. teens — and one in three who play contact sports — say they’ve experienced a concussion, Reuters reports. Those hits to the head can have long-term impacts on young athletes, affecting their health, memory and learning — and can even be lethal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The dangers increase when athletes are sent back into a game too quickly, and suffer a repeat blow before they fully recover.

PRIVIT is trying to help protect kids’ heads — and other body parts too — with an app called Sideline. The app lets coaches, trainers and medical personnel quickly access a students’ medical history in order to help determine the best course of action when a student is injured. For example, if a young player suffers his or her second concussion in a short period of time, Sideline would know and alert the coach, who then won’t be at risk of accidentally putting the child back in the game too soon.

The app also lets coaches quickly call a child’s emergency contacts, and send messages to parents alerting them of injuries. Or the coach can use the app to refer a child to a medical professional for further treatment.

“Concussions are still going to occur,” said PRIVIT associate Russell Goodwin. “We help make teams and volunteer coaches and trainers or medical personnel ready so they can be responsible for taking care of the management of a concussion.”

The Sideline app works with the PRIVIT platform, which streamlines access to student athletes’ health records. The online platform keeps track of the physical exams, consent forms and other documents students need to be eligible for sports participation.

Sideline launched at the beginning of this year, and the PRIVIT platform has been around since the fall of 2016.

Where they stand: About 700 high schools and colleges use PRIVIT, including Stanford, which requires all its student athletes to register with PRIVIT before participating in sports. In the future, the company is planning to expand beyond athletics. They hope to create a platform that helps high schools streamline the collection of permission slips for field trips.

To learn more visit privitsideline.strikingly.com.

What will they think of next?

Want to send someone a gift? Can’t be bothered to go and pick it out yourself? Not everyone can afford an assistant to make that shopping trip for them. But a San Francisco-based startup has come up with an artificially intelligent solution called EvaBot. The bot caters to businesspeople, and helps them send personalized gifts to their clients without the hassle.

To use the service, copy EvaBot in an email, and the bot then chats with the gift recipient to learn about his or her personal tastes. Then the bot picks a present, and has it shipped to the customer. And you get all the credit.

To learn more visit: evabot.ai.

Run the numbers:

Today online dating is the second most common way for straight couples to meet (after meeting through friends) and the most popular way for gay couple to meet, according to the MIT Technology Review. More than a third of marriages start online.

But while it’s obvious that apps like Tinder and websites like OkCupid have dramatically changed the way we meet our partners, new research suggests online dating is also changing the types of relationships we have, and the strength of those relationships.

Spikes in interracial marriages over the years have correlated with spikes in online dating and the creation of new apps like Tinder, according to the MIT Technology Review. And it would make sense for online dating to lead to more interracial relationships. The internet lets people form connections with strangers outside their group of friends and acquaintances, and makes them more likely to connect with people of different races, Josue Ortega at the University of Essex in the U.K. and Philipp Hergovich at the University of Vienna in Austria told the Review.

And the internet also may be strengthening our relationships. The researchers found married couple who meet online are less likely to break up than those who meet in more traditional ways.

Photo: A screen shot from the PRIVIT website. The Sideline app by PRIVIT helps coaches more effectively monitor student athletes’ health in real time, and take the right steps when an athlete is hurt during a game or practice. (PRIVIT)

 
 

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