Children's Hospital Colorado

Gabbie: How One Game Changed a Young Soccer Star's Life

Twelve-year-old Gabbie is very active. She is in her school’s gifted program, loves to read and write, plays violin, and excels in skiing and golf – but soccer is her true passion. A member of a highly competitive youth soccer league, Gabbie’s fierce spirit is admired by her teammates.

At a soccer game last fall, Gabbie fearlessly challenged an opponent to defend her team’s goal. The ball, kicked at close range, hit her in the head, knocking her off her feet and leaving the stitched Nike swoosh imprinted on the side of her face. Coaches rushed the field to tend to her and onlookers feared a broken nose.

Watch Gabbie’s road to recovery:

Concussion care at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Our experts see thousands of patients each year and educate families and young athletes on the signs, symptoms and ways to properly care for concussions.

Learn more about concussion signs, symptoms, tests and treatment.

Our Concussion Program services range from same-day or next-day medical consultation for concussions, to helping decide when athletes can return to play, to comprehensive evaluation and management after an injury.

To find out more about concussions and trauma, schedule an appointment at 720-777-2806. We are happy to consult with parents or referring providers before a patient is seen at Children’s Colorado.