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About the 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, we partner with local, regional, and national sports teams, as well as advocacy organizations, to help prevent concussions; educate physicians, coaches, and parents; and ensure athletes return to play safely.

Our depth of experience in sports concussions

The field of concussion prevention and treatment is evolving. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital are at the forefront of understanding the long-term impact of concussions and how to treat athletes most effectively. Our team in the Sports Concussion Clinic has published more than 60 studies on the subject in collaboration with experts across Boston Children’s and colleagues at other institutions.

Girls' soccer players take part in pre-practice drills

Concussion prevention and recovery

Preparation and clear communication can go a long way toward reducing athletes’ risk.

Why choose the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children’s?

Our physicians are leaders in establishing safe guidelines for returning to play after a concussion and reducing the risk of future injury. We treat more than 1,000 athletes with concussions every year. Using the knowledge gained through our extensive experience and research, we have helped set standards in the management of concussion recovery that hospitals around the country have started to implement.

Our services include ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) baseline testing. By recording an athlete’s normal, healthy memory and reaction time before they have suffered a concussion, ImPACT provides important data clinicians can use in case of a concussion to determine when an athlete is ready to return to play. We recommend concussion baseline testing for all student-athletes.

We collaborate regularly with specialists in the Brain Injury Center, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Neuropsychology to ensure every athlete who comes to us receives the specific care they need to recover from concussion. Those with a non-sports related concussion are cared for in our Brain Injury Center.

Illustration of football players colliding on field

Concussion research

Healthy behaviors may counteract the long-term effects of concussions.