The Back2Play App Study

We are recruiting now! See below

The decision to return to activity (RTA) and return to school (RTS) following concussion is one of the most difficult areas in concussion management for children and youth. Prof. Carol DeMatteo and her research team have developed and evaluated evidence-based RTS and RTA guidelines to help children through their concussion recovery. In evaluating these protocols, Prof. DeMatteo found that children and youth had difficulties following the guidelines due to a lack of feedback and guidance. To address these issues, Prof. DeMatteo was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grant to develop the Back2Play App.

The Back2Play App will help guide children and youth through the CanChild RTA and RTS protocols by incorporating biological feedback, movement data and cognitive assessments. This project consists of 3 phases, Phase 1: App Development, Phase 2: Pilot Study and Phase 3: A Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT). The RCT will evaluate whether the Back2Play App shortens the duration and intensity of concussion symptoms and prevents repeat injury in children and youth.

Prof. DeMatteo and her team together with the mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) at Mohawk developed the Back2Play App. Phase 2, pilot testing of the Back2Play App with 30 children and youth aged 10-18, is starting now.  

Phase 2 Recruitment 

We are pilot testing this App with children and youth who with concussion before taking it into an RCT. We hope to recruit 30 children and youth to participate in the study. Participants will be asked to attend 2 Zoom visits (30 mins- 1 hour) and will be given an Apple Watch to wear for 2 weeks.

Inclusion Criteria: Children/youth aged 10-18; Have a diagnosis of Concussion/mTBI; Symptomatic  

Exclusion Criteria:  Have a brain injury requiring resuscitation, admission to pediatric critical care unit or surgical intervention 

If you know a child who has had a concussion, and is interested in learning more about the study, please contact us at

Here are some images of the Back2Play App on the iPhone and Apple Watch so you can see what we have been working on!

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Total funding $988,578  for 2019-2022

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