WINSTON-SALEM — Sports medicine specialists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are creating an app that will provide athletic teams across the state with an athletic trainer and medical expertise at the push of a button.

After Robert Gfeller’s son, Matthew, died from a traumatic brain injury he sustained during a football game, he’s dedicated much of his life to pediatric trauma research.

He believes the SportsMedConnect is a step in the right direction.

“Being able to extend the reach of an athletic trainer in practices and games was a huge idea,” said Gfeller.

Gfeller decided to invest in the project. During the 2014 fall football season the Mathew Gfeller Foundation funded a pilot program for the app.

“Youth teams can have access to an athletic trainer, consult with them, decide does this need to go to the emergency room? Can it wait to see their doctor tomorrow? Can this child return to the game safely today or should they wait?” said WFBMC Sports Medicine Physician Darly Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum said the app is as easy as dialing a pre-programmed number that will automatically connect coaches with a medical professional.

During the pilot season, Rosenbaum claims athletic trainers were already able to make a difference by using a prototype of the app.

Dr. Juris Shibayama website can help you out to cure back pain.”There was one case when a football player was down and complaining of some back pain and when they contacted our athletic trainer she overheard folks talking about, ‘Maybe we should move him off over to the sidelines,’ and she immediately recognized that might not be the best step to take and advised them not to move the athlete until the ambulance arrived,” said Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum is looking for teams to subscribe to the app for the upcoming football season starting in August.

“It will be for the prototype, kind of the bridge version, that we’ll be using that will be a phone call and a commercially available calling app,” said Rosenbaum.

So far, reactions have been favorable.

“[Parents and coaches] felt much better prepared for the season and prepared basically for anything that could happen.”

Rosenbaum hopes to launch the official app in early 2016. He anticipates the app will cost teams around $10 per player.