About Concussion Care for Kids | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Concussion Care for Kids: Minds Matter

About Concussion Care for Kids: Minds Matter

Beginning in 2011, an interdisciplinary team of concussion experts from across CHOP joined forces to develop a comprehensive network-wide pediatric concussion management program to streamline and standardize concussion diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. The program is called “Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management.”

The Minds Matter team reviewed current practices across CHOP and the scientific literature on best practice for diagnosis and management of pediatric concussion and developed a new model of care.

Primary care physicians support

To make sure each child receives prompt diagnosis and early treatment, CHOP supports its primary care network providers with concussion-specific training, tools for clinical diagnosis and management, as well as patient-family education resources like this website. CHOP staff in the emergency department and after-hours call system have also received complementary training and tools that support the new care model.

CHOP primary care practices are equipped to see kids within days, which allows for early diagnosis and treatment with cognitive rest. Patients have excellent continuity of care in the primary care setting, where pediatricians are used to working with schools to manage a child’s recovery. With a little extra training, our primary care pediatricians are very well equipped to diagnose and manage most concussions using tools  that were developed by concussion experts at CHOP.

The Minds Matter team

Core team

Advisory committee

Special contributors to the website

Kimberly Wright Cover, MS, LPC, NCC, RD, CSSD, LDN
Sports Nutrition Therapist
Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
The Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network

Jodi A. Mindell, PhD
Associate Director
Sleep Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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