Contect Partners with Accelerated Rehabilitation to Advance the Development of Its Mobile App for Concussion Detection
South Bend, IN, February 24, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Contect, Inc. announced today that is has entered into a collaboration with Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, the largest physical therapist owned and managed practice in the United States. Under the arrangement, Accelerated will use the Contect mobile app for concussion screening at a number of its clients’ athletic programs, thus expanding the ongoing Contect research study with the goal of accelerating the commercial availability of the Contect app.
The Contect research program is being conducted by Contect, Inc. in collaboration with researchers at the University of Notre Dame, in order to demonstrate that speech analysis can be used as a primary detection method for concussions. Accelerated Rehabilitation, which has a dedicated Concussion Management practice, is actively engaged with athletes across the Midwest who suffer concussions during their sport seasons.
“In Contect, we instantly saw a product that can help our athletic trainers overcome the challenges with today’s concussion detection tools,” said Frank Markett, Director of Sports Medicine at Accelerated Rehabilitation. “The Contect app is ultra-portable, takes just a few minutes to administer, and is much more objective than other methods. It would be very difficult for an athlete to manipulate their voice’s acoustic features that Contect analyzes.”
“We are thrilled to be partnered with one of the leading rehabilitation companies in the Midwest,” said Mike Soenen, CEO of Contect. “Many of Accelerated’s athletic trainers had used the Contect app in an earlier phase of our research, and their excitement for the app was instrumental in expanding this study and our relationship with Accelerated.”
Under the arrangement, Accelerated will provide access to an estimated 800 high school and college athletes that are among its expansive client base. Contect will provide a select group of Accelerated’s athletic trainers with iPads that run the Contect app, and those trainers will use the Contect app to capture baseline speech samples from the athletes. During the 2014 sports seasons, athletes will periodically provide speech samples by speaking a two-minute word script into the iPad, during training, and after a suspected concussion. Speech data will be de-identified and aggregated for researchers on the Contect team to analyze and refine the algorithms that detect the voice aberrations that signal a concussion. During this research phase, the app will not yet indicate whether it suspects a concussion; speech samples are simply collected and analyzed in order to refine the concussion-detection algorithms. A release date for the commercially available software has not yet been announced.
“By partnering with Contect, Accelerated has made a clear statement that it recognizes how critical the education and treatment of head injuries is,” continued Markett, “and that we want to go above and beyond to identify the depth of the injury and the proper follow up.”
About the Contect Concussion Research Program
To inquire about joining the Contect Concussion Research Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the research study, visit www.contectinc.com.
Contect, Inc. is a software company that is developing a mobile app which provides athletic trainers, coaches, physicians and parents a fast, simple and more objective way to detect concussions. The Contect app uses speech analysis, a novel and patented approach originally developed by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, to detect the changes in speech acoustics that occur with concussions. The Contect app overcomes the challenges with current concussion-detection methods in that it requires no medical training, can be administered in two minutes, and is not prone to manipulation by athletes. Contect, Inc. was founded in 2013, by a team of software entrepreneurs and researchers at the University of Notre Dame, and is comprised of experts in voice signal processing, speech pathology, and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). For more information, visit us at www.contectinc.com, on LinkedIn, or via email, email@example.com.
About Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, Ltd.
Chicago-based Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers is a premier provider of a wide array of comprehensive patient services and specialized rehabilitation programs. Since 1989, Accelerated has grown to over 300 outpatient rehabilitation locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona, becoming one of the top choices for many professional athletes, large employers, and busy professionals. For more information about Accelerated, call 877-97-REHAB, or visit acceleratedrehab.com.