Andrew Fifita’s groundbreaking app ‘Croo’ has gone live after months of preparation.
The Cronulla Sharks forward was ruled out for the rest of the 2021 NRL season after suffering a horrific fractured larynx in Cronulla’s fixture with the Newcastle Knights midway through the year.
The rampaging prop revealed just how tough the process had been in trying to re-learn how to speak and now he’s released the ‘Croo’ app which describes itself as “a safe and secure app that monitors a person’s mental wellness and notifies trusted family and friends (their ‘croo’) when their ‘wellness signal’ appears vulnerable.”
It’s a remarkable path followed by a star who sustained one of the most horrific injuries in the modern era.
The app itself follows a person’s mental health throughout the day, with a daily wellness questionnaire, wellness tracking and insights, private and secure group chat, with personalised daily affirmations as well as the sharing of inspirational quotes.
It’s a revolutionary way of keeping up-to-date with family and friends who may be struggling, but who may not be able to voice their feelings out loud.
The ‘Croo’ app also has a smart algorithm (YANA) that asks a person better wellness questions every day, which is based on their responses to previous questions.
Fifita himself has documented his recovery from the horrendous injury that could have ended his playing career – and perhaps could have had even more serious consequences if it wasn’t for the quick-thinking of doctors on that fateful night.