Sports Concussion Clinic
The Sports Concussion Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children cares for children, adolescents and college-aged adults who have sustained concussions while playing sports or other recreational activities.
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Baseline Impact TestingThe Sports Concussion Clinic offers baseline Impact Testing on Wednesdays all day in our Boston office and Thursday mornings in our Brighton office. You will receive your test report to share with your school or sports team. Call 617-724-9722 for an appointment.
Meet the Team
- Grant Iverson, PhD
- Anne Gately, CPNP
- Richard Ginsburg, PhD
- Lenore Herget, DPT
- Dennis Nutini, MD
- Dawn O'Connor, RN
- Walter Panis, MD
- Magdalena Wojtowicz, PhD
- Ross Zafonte, DO
- Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD
- Peter Greenspan, MD
- Margaret Pulsifer, PhD
- Janet Sherman, PhD
- Kevin Staley, MD
The Sports Concussion Clinic provides assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services for student athletes who experience a concussion during athletic participation or in daily life. A patient who has had a concussion may suffer from symptoms including, but not limited to: headache, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, dizziness, depression, sleep disturbances, and changes in attention, concentration and/or memory. We work with the student, family, and school through the recovery process. Our first priority for children and adolescents is the safe, swift, effective, and durable return to school. The second priority is a full and successful return to extracurricular activities – including sports.
A Unique, Personalized Approach
Our multidisciplinary patient care team consists of specialists in sports medicine, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sport psychology, neuropsychology, and physical therapy. Patients receive a medical evaluation first, followed by referrals to other specialists on the team. Patient health care is timely, individualized, and holistic. We assess and monitor the person’s physical symptoms, emotional reactions to injury, and cognitive functioning. We provide treatment and rehabilitation services that are tailored to the specific problems and needs of the student athlete.
What to Expect
Patients’ experiences are tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. Everyone receives a detailed, personalized evaluation by a specialist trained in concussion management. Patients will also leave with customized plans to get them back to school, sports, and other recreational activities as safely and effectively as possible. Your initial appointment may also include:
- Cognitive testing to assess memory, processing speed and reaction time
- A group presentation about sports and concussions followed by a question-and-answer session with a specialist from the clinic
- A brief presentation by our physical therapists on exercises that can aid in recovery.
- The recommendation to schedule a follow-up appointment with a sport and clinical psychologist
- At the end of your visit, you will leave with a personalized plan of care specific to you.
Better Treatment through Research
Members of the Sports Concussion team are actively involved in leading scientific research to better understand concussions in young people and to develop better approaches to assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. Learn more about our research.
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Learn more about the Sports Concussion Clinic's multidisciplinary approach to helping your child recover from concussion.
Youth Sports Concussion Program
Phone: 617-724-YSCC (9722)
Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes
175 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Brighton (Thursday morning clinic):
20 Guest Street
Brighton, MA 02135
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