The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, a cross-Harvard project that involves researchers at HMS and its affiliate hospitals, recently launched TeamStudy, an iPhone-based research app. Funded by the NFL Players Association and designed and tested by former players, TeamStudy focuses on health issues that matter most to those athletes, such as memory, balance, heart health, pain, and mobility.
The app allows individuals—former players as well as the general public—to enroll directly in the study, guiding them through an interactive informed-consent process. The app also allows participants to easily complete tasks and surveys directly through their iPhone.
“Traditionally, we study participants in one location, failing to capture their real-life, day-to-day experiences and activities,” says Alvaro Pascual-Leone, the HMS associate dean of clinical and translational research, an HMS professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the principal investigator of TeamStudy. “Using this technology, we will be able to quickly identify patterns that could lead to treatments for health conditions faced by former NFL players.”
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