Minds Matter Concussion Program

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.

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.

Specific Aims

  1. Advance concussion phenotyping efforts using objective measures
  2. Accelerate the evaluation of concussion therapies and treatments
  3. Actively implement discoveries into the clinical area
  4. Quantify head impact exposure in sports and evaluate prevention

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, and improving diagnostic tools and recovery management. Through these efforts, our research can advance targeted interventions to prevent concussion and optimize treatment to shorten recovery time and reduce long-term poor outcomes.

The Minds Matter Concussion Program is led by Christina Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM and Kristy Arbogast, PhD, alongside core sports medicine and emergency medicine faculty, concussion nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, biomechanists and rehabilitation specialists. The Minds Matter Concussion 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; the Center for Injury Research and Prevention; and the Center for Applied Genomics. View our team here.

Objective Measures for Concussion


Minds Matter pursues a comprehensive translational research approach to phenotype concussion with clinical and objective measures. This work will provide concussion biomarkers for diagnostics, monitoring, evaluating therapeutics, and prevention.

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Biomechanics and Prevention of Concussion


Minds Matter uses biomedical engineering and biomechanics to study how the human body reacts to forces that can cause concussion. Head Impact Sensors play a key role.

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Optimizing Concussion Care

Concussion Treatments and Recovery

Minds Matter deploys novel methods to quantify recovery and investigate promising active therapies.

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Reducing Disparities in Concussion Care

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Minds Matter aims to identify and address barriers to high-quality and equitable concussion care across key socio-demographic groups.

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Describing Pediatric Concussion


Minds Matter quantifies the diversity and variability of the pediatric patient population so that clinicians can recognize and treat specific concussion symptoms.

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Minds Matter's Involvement in National Guidelines

Minds Matter’s Involvement in National Guidelines

Experts from the Minds Matter Concussion Program have participated on multiple panels and committees to set national guidelines and policies using Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's concussion research findings.

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Complete List of Published Research


Minds Matter Concussion researchers frequently publish articles in peer review journals. See a list of the research papers.

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Completed and Foundational Projects


Early research helped position the Minds Matter Concussion Program to become a Frontier Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with a diverse research portfolio.

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