Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute
Orthopedics Institute

Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Care

Pediatric experts at the Concussion Program at Children's Hospital Colorado evaluate and treat children, adolescents and young athletes who have sustained concussions and other types of mild traumatic brain injuries.

The Concussion Program brings together physicians, neuropsychologists, psychologists, physical therapists, athletic trainers and school specialists in a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive concussion care.

What services does the Concussion Program offer?

  • On-field evaluations by certified athletic trainers (ATs) and team physicians
  • Same-day or next-day appointments when questions arise within the first few weeks after a concussion
  • Consultation to help with decisions about when a young athlete should return to playing sports after a concussion
  • Medical examination and rehabilitation care to evaluate and treat common post-concussion problems (for example, headaches)
  • Partnership with local schools and sports clubs in which ATs collaborate with physicians to help care for athletes who experience a concussion
  • Neuropsychological evaluation to assess cognitive skills that can be affected by a concussion (processing speed, attention, memory) and to identify psychosocial factors than can interfere with recovery, such as stress
  • Advanced neuroimaging techniques to rule out medical emergencies soon after injury or identify brain injuries that may alter treatment or expected outcome
  • Intervention by health psychologists to treat stress and other emotional factors that can affect concussion recovery
  • School plans and coordination with educators to support educational needs
  • Coordination of care with primary health providers, athletic staff, therapists and other relevant personnel
  • Development of treatment plans to support recovery, address school problems and manage changes in behavior
  • Referrals as needed to pediatric specialists in physical therapy, neurology and related medical disciplines

Our concussion program experts

Our multidisciplinary care team makes our Concussion Program an excellent choice for children and adolescents who have had a concussion. We offer a streamlined yet comprehensive approach to concussion that tailors treatment to each individual patient’s needs.

Our multidisciplinary team includes board-certified pediatric experts from emergency medicinesports medicinerehabilitation and neuropsychology, a full-time pediatric psychologist, a brain injury education coordinator, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nurses and support staff with special training in concussion. We also have direct access to quickly consult pediatric neurology and neurosurgery as needed.

Our brain injury education coordinator

Our brain injury education coordinator works with students who have experienced concussion or moderate/severe brain injuries, along with their schools and families, to help them reach their education potential. You can contact our brain injury educator at RehabEd@childrenscolorado.org

Why choose the Concussion Program at Children’s Colorado?

Each year our concussion team sees thousands of children and teens who have suffered a concussion or other type of mild traumatic brain injury.

Our Concussion Program experts also provide families, patients, coaches and educators with information to help clarify common issues related to concussion. Topics include identifying the initial signs of a concussion and getting children and teens back to school and back to sports and other activities. 

Read our featured concussion news and research articles.

Children’s Colorado and the Concussion Program are also focused on injury prevention through a variety of programs, including a partnership with Safe Kids.

Our concussion research

Members of our Concussion Program also engage in numerous research projects focused on concussion, including:

  • Understanding the social and physiological effects of brain injury
  • How best to help children and teens recover from brain injuries
  • The proper amount of activity and rest to engage in following injury
  • How to best create a healthy environment for a child or teen to heal after a concussion

Our team has published their research and other scientific work in many different medical and neuropsychological books and journals. We also present these research findings in Colorado, across the United States and throughout the world at scientific conferences.

Scheduling appointments with our Concussion Program

Some insurance companies require a referral from a primary care provider before appointments can be arranged. Once a referral is in place, most insurance companies will cover specialty care visits for patients with concussions.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about our Concussion Program, please call 720-777-2806. We are happy to consult with parents or referring providers before a patient is seen at Children’s Colorado.

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