Concussion Pr​ogram 

The Institute for Sports Medicine at Lurie Children’s is uniquely qualified to evaluate, manage and treat concussio​ns in children and adolescents.

A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head or body. A concussion can affect a person’s physical and cognitive abilities and interrupt sleep patterns and emotional functioning. The number and severity of symptoms vary from person to person and can last from a few minutes to many months. Learn more about concussion signs and symptoms.

In the video below, Cynthia LaBella, MD, head of our concussion program, reviews the signs, symptoms and treatment methods for concussions.

The Lurie C​hildren’s Difference

Because concussions can affect children’s cognitive abilities in school, we’ve structured the Concussion Program to address our patients’ academic needs, as well as provide them with appropriate guidance regarding safe return to sports and physical activities.  Our team stays in contact with academic and athletic staff at the schools throughout the treatment process to make sure our patients have a smooth and appropriate transition back to both the classroom and to physical activities. 

All of our patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of concussion specialists, including pediatric sports medicine physicians, a pediatric advanced practice nurse and, certified athletic trainers; this team approach ensures comprehensive evaluation and management of each injury. 

Additionally, all of our specialists are actively involved in pediatric concussion research to further global understanding of these injuries and improve treatment. 

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Read more about our treatment, activism and research by selecting the links below.

Concussion Rates in
Youth Sports

It’s important for parents and coaches of kids in all sports to be well prepared to recognize symptoms and manage concussions. While there’s risk associated with playing almost any sport, the data shows us that a few sports in particular have higher rates of concussions than others.

   View the infographic to learn more.  

​Return to Learn: A Guide for School Professionals

Because concussions can affect a child or teen’s ability to participate in school activities, many students benefit from academic accommodations at school. Our Return to Learn module is a free online training unit that provides guidance for teachers, school nurses, counselors and administrators on how to integrate children and teens back into school following concussion.

Access our free Return to Learn training module.

​Adam's Path to Recovery After a Concussion

Adam Marcus wrote a first-hand account of what it was like to have a concussion, and the steps he's had to take to recover from his injury.

Read Adam's story.