Sports Concussion Clinic

The Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital is the leading research-based sports concussion program in the nation. Our team of experts provides comprehensive care for athletes with sports concussions, and offers concussion prevention and recovery education for athletes and their families.

As leaders in the research and treatment of concussions, Boston Children’s has partnered with local, regional and national sports teams and advocacy organizations to help prevent concussions, educate physicians, coaches and parents, and ensure the safe return-to-play for athletes.

ImPACT baseline testing

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. ImPACT testing shows the athlete’s normal, healthy level of cognitive function. We can then use that data to help guide the athlete's recovery.

The testing process takes only 20 to 25 minutes. It 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.

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 at Boston Children’s 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 is available at our locations in Boston and Waltham. Follow up care is available at all Sports Medicine locations of care: Boston, Waltham, Lexington and Peabody.

Learn more about ImPACT baseline tests.

Concussion recovery guidelines

Download our guidelines for both academic progression and exercise progression. Please consult with your Sports Medicine physician prior to implementing these steps into your recovery plan.