Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Minds Matter Concussion Program

CHOP Concussion Research Team
A few members of the Minds Matter Concussion Research team, left to right: Kristy Arbogast, Christina Master, Olivia Podolak and Ronni Kessler

An estimated 2.5 million high- school students sustain a concussion every year with 20% of adolescents sustaining at least one concussion in their lifetime. In the CHOP Network alone, 4,000-5,000 youth with concussion seek care annually.

Children and adolescents are at particular risk for adverse impacts of concussion on development, academics, physical activity, and mental health. Concussion is not limited to acute injury; approximately 30-50% of all concussed youth experience a particularly challenging course with persistent post-concussion symptoms (PPCS) –deficits lasting longer than a month which negatively influence their well-being across all domains.

Little progress has been made in proven treatments to improve concussion outcomes. CHOP is uniquely poised to transform that trajectory; we are the largest pediatric concussion program in the nation with a robust translational research and clinical trial capacity embedded in various clinical settings with diverse patient populations.

As a CHOP Frontier Program, the Minds Matter Concussion Research Program seeks to learn from every child that we care for and rapidly translate cutting-edge research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of concussion to optimize individual outcomes.Our specific aims are to:

  1. Advance concussion phenotyping efforts using objective measures
  2. Accelerate the evaluation of concussion therapies and treatments
  3. Actively implement discoveries into the clinical arena

Our concussion research focuses on rigorously describing concussion across the pediatric age range and clinical settings, providing data and methods to develop engineering and behavioral prevention strategies, improving diagnostic tools and recovery management. Through these efforts, our research can advance targeted interventions to prevent concussion, optimize treatment to shorten recovery time and reduce long-term poor outcomes.

The Minds Matter Frontier Program is led by Christina Master, MD, and Kristy Arbogast, PhD, alongside core sports medicine and emergency medicine faculty, concussion nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, and rehabilitation specialists The Minds Matter program also interfaces with CHOP’s Primary Care, Specialty Care, and Urgent Care Centers; Anesthesia and Critical Care, Neurology, Radiology, Trauma Surgery, Behavioral Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Departments; Center for Injury Research and Prevention; and Center for Applied Genomics.

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Minds Matter research is frequently published as articles in peer review scientific journals. See a complete list of research to date.

Minds Matter Concussion experts frequently blog about their concussion research on CIRP's Research in Action Blog. Read the youth concussion research-related articles.

View our completed and foundational research projects.