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.

Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, published by the Concussion in Sport Group

In 2023, The Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, published by the Concussion in Sport Group, includes a consensus statement on four separate evaluation tools that were published in British Journal of Sports Medicine. The Statement endorses a clinical assessment tool developed at CHOP, called the Visio-Vestibular Exam (VVE), as part of the recommended best practice for the Child Sports Concussion Office Assessment Tool (Child SCOAT6). The SCOAT6 cites Minds Matter research to support this decision. Dr. Christina Master is also a co-author on the Child SCAT (the sideline Sport Concussion Assessment Tool).

Access the Child SCOAT6 tool 

Child Sport Concussion Office Assessment Tool Visio-Vestibular Examination
Image from the Child SCOAT6 Tool


The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Vision and Concussions

On July 18th, 2022, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement, Vision and Concussions: Symptoms, Signs, Evaluation, and Treatment, which addresses strategies for primary healthcare providers to identify, evaluate, and manage visual symptoms and disorders following concussion among children and adolescents. As the lead author of this statement and companion clinical report, Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM collaborated with colleagues in ophthalmology and used CHOP-led research to inform its messages.

Read Dr. Christina L. Master's blog post about this new policy statement.

Learn more about CHOP Minds Matter research on visio-vestibular markers for concussion.

Consensus Head Acceleration Measurement Practices (CHAMP)

On March 24-25th, 2022, Consensus Head Acceleration Measurement Practices (CHAMP) workgroups and key stakeholders convened to develop and recommend best practices for the collection, analysis, and reporting of head acceleration measurement data in sport.  

Read Dr. Kristy Arbogast's blog post about CHAMP consensus recommendations for use of head kinematic sensors.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Report on Traumatic Brain Injury

On February 1, 2022, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Committee on Accelerating Progress in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research and Care released a report, Traumatic Brain Injury: A Roadmap for Accelerating Progress, which recommends the creation of an updated TBI classification system to better guide patient care and inform research across the phases of TBI injury and rehabilitation. Minds Matter Co-Director Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM serves on the committee that developed this report and used CHOP-led research to inform its findings and messages.

Stages of care journey after TBI NASEM
Image created by NASEM.

Read the report highlights.

Access the animated patient journey.

Read a blog post about implications for pediatric care.

Living Guideline for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion

Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM served on a panel convened by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and made up of experts from Canada and the United States. The aim was to update a 2014 guide to help healthcare professionals diagnose and manage pediatric concussion. Given the rapid increase in new literature since 2014, the evidence has evolved and changed for many of the previous recommendations thus requiring an updated version. The result is this web-based guide for healthcare professionals, parents, caregivers, schools, and community sports organizations related to identifying symptoms of a potential concussion and managing recovery following concussion. This guideline does not address concussion prevention.

Institute of Medicine Report on Sports-Related Youth Concussion

On October 30, 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report, Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture, which reviews the state of the science on sports-related concussion in children and youth ages 5 to 21. CIRP’s Co-Director and Director of Engineering Kristy Arbogast, PhD was a member of the 17-person expert committee that reviewed the science and created the evidence-based recommendations to improve concussion prevention, diagnosis, and management.