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 doctors, neuropsychologists, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers and a variety of multidisciplinary specialists to provide the most comprehensive care.

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

Why choose the Concussion Program at Children’s Colorado?

Thousands of children and teens are seen each year at Children’s Colorado after suffering a concussion or other types of mild traumatic brain injuries. Our Concussion Program services range from same-day or next-day medical consultation for recent concussions, to helping decide when athletes can return to play, to successfully returning students to academics and to comprehensive evaluation and management after an injury.

About our experts and research
Our multidisciplinary team of board-certified pediatric experts in Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology are joined by a full-time pediatric psychologist, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nursing and support staff with special training in concussion to offer a streamlined, yet comprehensive approach to concussion that tailors treatment to each individual patients needs. A wide range of additional specialists including neurology and neurosurgery are readily available for consultation as needed. This makes Children’s Colorado an excellent choice for youth who have suffered a concussion.

Members of our team are also engaged in numerous research projects focused on understanding brain injury and how best to help children and teens recover. Their work has been published in multiple medical and neuropsychological books and journals.

News and articles about concussion from our experts
Experts in the Orthopedic Institute’s Concussion Program provide families, coaches and patients with information to help clarify common issues related to concussion. Topics include identifying the initial signs of a concussion and getting kids and teens back to school and on the field. Read our featured news articles and resources about concussion.

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

What services does our 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 couple weeks after a concussion
  • Consultation to help with decisions about when a young athlete should return to play sports
  • Medical examination and rehabilitation care to evaluate and treat common post-concussion problems (e.g. headache)
  • Partnership with local schools and sports clubs in which ATs evaluate and, in collaboration with physicians, help care for and guide safe return to play when a concussion occurs
  • Neuropsychological evaluation to assess cognitive skills that can be affected by a concussion (e.g. processing speed, attention, memory) and to identify socioemotional factors (e.g. stress) than can interfere with recovery
  • Advanced neuroimaging techniques to rule out medical emergencies soon after injury, identify subtle brain injuries, understand post-concussive problems and plan treatment
  • Coordination of care with primary health providers, athletic staff, educators and other relevant personnel
  • Development of treatment plans to support recovery, address school problems, and manage changes in behavior or adjustment
  • Referrals as needed to pediatric specialists in physical/occupational therapy, education, behavioral health, neurology and related medical disciplines

How to schedule an appointment

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.

Insurance benefits and referrals

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.