Boston Children’s Hospital’s Sports Concussion Clinic started in 2007, and has since been treating patients older than 8 who have concussive brain injuries.
Our mission is to provide cutting-edge care to athletes suffering from concussive brain injuries and provide education to patients and families about recovery and prevention.
One of the best things an athlete can do is to undergo ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) baseline testing before suffering a concussion, because it shows the athlete’s normal, healthy level of cognitive function. We can then use that data to help guide the athlete's recovery.
ImPACT baseline testing, which takes only 20 to 25 minutes, tests memory and reaction time, and it is recommended that athletes age 11 to 14 repeat the test every six months, while athletes ages 15 to 18 should undergo testing every 12 months.
Has your youth athlete had an ImPACT baseline test done?
ImPACT provides computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services to determine an athlete's ability to return to play after suffering a concussion. Athletes can receive an ImPACT baseline test without insurance or co-pay for $25. Please contact our office at 617-355-3501 to make an appointment or to ask about our group rate. Baseline testing available at our locations in Boston and Waltham. Follow up care available at all sports medicine locations of care: Boston, Waltham, Lexington and Peabody.
Click here for more information about ImPACT baseline tests.
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or feeling off balance
- Loss of consciousness
- Amnesia (forgetting)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Double or fuzzy vision
What to expect after a concussion
Michael O’Brien, MD, director of our Sports Concussion Clinic, and Marilou Shaughnessy, PsyD, sports psychologist from the Sports Medicine Division, offer some advice.
Contact the Sports Concussion Clinic
If you think you or your child has recently sustained a sport-related concussion, please contact us as soon as possible at 617-355-3501. Appointments available in our Boston, Waltham, Lexington and Peabody locations.
Did You Know?
From the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Each year, as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur across the U.S.
- Athletes who have had at least one concussion are at an increased risk for another concussion.
- A child that endures repeated concussions before the brain fully recovers from the first one can experience damage and swelling to the brain—and even death. This is called “second impact syndrome.”
Learn more about concussions.
Sports Concussion Clinic teamMichael O’Brien, MD* — Director, Sports Concussion Clinic
William Meehan, MD* — Director of Research, Brain Injury Center
Pierre d’Hemecourt, MD* — Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Andrea Stracciolini, MD*
Ellen Geminiani, MD*
Bridget Quinn, MD*
Cynthia Stein, MD, MPH*
Michael A. Beasley, MD*
Kathryn Ackerman, MD*
Michelle Parker, MS, CPNP
Ariana Moccia, RN, BSN
Sharon Chirban, PhD
Alex McLean Taylor, Pys. D*
*certified ImPACT consultants (CIC)
In the News
Concussion documentary trailer: The Smartest Team
William Meehan, MD, is featured in an upcoming MomsTeam concussion documentary, The Smartest Team. The documentary follows an Oklahoma high school football team and will be released in early 2013. Watch the trailer.
Fall sports injuries: Preventing concussions
William Meehan, MD, joins Fox 25 News to discuss common fall sports injuries; more specifically concussions and how to reduce your risk. Watch the interview.
Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents
William Meehan, MD, recently authored the first comprehensive guide for non-medical professionals on the subject of concussions. "Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents" hit bookstores in April.
Brain injury center night: Boston Bruins
Thursday, March 8, 2012 was Brain Injury Center Night at the Boston Bruins game. The Brain Injury Program at Boston Children's Hospital received funding from NESN, The Bruins Foundation and Hess.
Watch Dr. Meehan's interview during the game where he talks about defining and diagnosing concussions.