After their retirement, how confident are the ex-NFL players about their health? Are they sure that their bodies are not really banged up? Well, now they will. Researchers from Harvard University developed an app called TeamStudy, as part of Football Players Health Study, the project they have been running since 2014. Just by using simple physical activities, surveys, and sensor data from an iPhone, this app can learn more about the state of a player’s health.
The app was built using ResearchKit, the open source software framework designed by Apple, and according to Harvard, ex-NFL players helped design the iOS app in order to make it focus on important issues including balance, memory, mobility and pain, to mention a few.
“By bringing the Football Players Health study to this app, we’re able to easily capture data from participants all over the nation, enabling us to better understand the everyday experiences of former NFL players,” said Alvaro Pascual-Leone, the principal investigator of TeamStudy. “Traditionally, we study participants in one location, failing to capture their real-life, day-to-day experience. Using ResearchKit, we will be able to quickly identify patterns that could lead to treatments for health conditions faced by former NFL players.”
Former players spend 20 minutes a week with this app, recording data including their pain tolerance, memory and mobility. Also, the researchers encouraged the general people to use the app so that they can compare the health of non-athletes to that of the ex-players. So, even if you are not an athlete, you are welcome to download this app to receive results and statistics on study findings.