Spot Light RIO™ Study

Spot Light RIO™ Study

The Spot Light RIO™ Study will test the effectiveness of Spot Light, an easy-to-use mobile application (app), developed by Inlightened, LLC. This app was designed to help doctors, coaches, athletic trainers and parents of young football players track the progress of a young athlete from the time of a concussion injury until they are cleared to return to play. The goal is to improve diagnosis of concussions that are occurring among young athletes, and ensure that they are receiving appropriate care and are fully recovered before getting back on the field.

Spot Light is not yet available for download and will only be used by teams selected to participate in this research study.

Who is funding this research?

Funding for the Spot Light RIO™ Study is being provided by the Sports and Health Research Program, a partnership among the NIH, the National Football League, and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). In 2012, the NFL donated $30 million to FNIH for research studies on injuries affecting athletes, with brain trauma being the primary area of focus. The grant for the Spot Light RIO™ Study was awarded to the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio and the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver in December, 2013.

Who is participating in this research?

Middle and high school-aged football teams in the United States are being invited to participate in this research study. For more information about how to participate in this study, please visit the Spot Light RIO™ Enrollment page.

What resources are available about sports-related concussion?

Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be removed from play and instructed to seek a medical evaluation. Problems could arise over the first 24-48 hours. Remember! If in doubt, sit them out until they are cleared by an appropriate medical provider. Read more information in the coach’s guide to youth concussions.

Who can I contact about this research?

For more information about participating in the 2015-2016 Spot Light RIO™ Study, please contact the Spot Light RIO™ team at or by phone at 614-355-5880. If you would like more information about our research, please contact Dr. Lara McKenzie via e-mail at or by phone at 614-355-5855.

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