At the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative we are pursuing research to help reduce the incidence and consequences of concussion among children and adolescents. Our efforts include the following studies and projects. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Christina Schwein.

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Concussion and Injury Surveillance (CIS) in Youth Football Players and Cheerleaders

The goal of this study is to work with the Northwest Junior Football League (NJFL) and study how young athletes involved in football and cheerleading recover after concussion.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH

Longitudinal Imaging of Pediatric Concussion (IMAGE)

The goal of this study is to develop a repository of MR imaging data in youth concussion. We will be observing changes in the brain after concussion though MRI imaging and neurocognitive testing.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Christine MacDonald, PhD

Theory Development Related to Concussion Safety Behaviors of High School Coaches

This study’s goal is to identify knowledge gaps among high school coaches and to build a comprehensive theory of the factors driving their concussion prevention, identification and management behaviors. The study’s results will be used to inform the design of concussion education for coaches.

  • PI: Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH

Concussion and Injury Surveillance (CIS) in Soccer

The goal of this study is to work with Seattle United and study how young athletes involved in soccer recover after concussion.

  • Funding source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH

Study of an Exercise Program (STEP) for Concussion

The goal of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a sub-threshold exercise program for decreasing persistent concussive symptoms and explore potential benefits.

  • Funding source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH

Concussion and Driving Skills in the Young Driver Study

The goal of this study is to explore the cognitive impact of recent concussion on teen and young adult driving performance in a simulated driving environment.

  • Funding source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH

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Student Athlete Concussion (SAC) Data Project

The goal of this project is to build and maintain a database that contains anonymous data on concussed student athletes that can be used to facilitate future sports-related concussion research.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH

Sub-Threshold Exercise Program (STEP) – chart review

The goal of this study is to examine the effectiveness and safety of the STEP program using clinical data in an open-label fashion.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH

Return to Learn (RTL) After Concussion Summit

This summit’s goal is to bring together an expert group of stakeholders to discuss unmet needs of students returning to learn after concussion and to help develop statewide guidelines.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Monica Vavilala, MD

Weekend Soccer Tournament (WEST) Study

This study’s goal is to improve our understanding of the relationship between head impact acceleration (HIA) – how fast the head is moving and rotating when it makes impact – and potential changes in concussion symptoms, brain function and brain structure

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH

Soccer Player Head Impact Acceleration (SOPHIA) Study

The SOPHIA study measures HIA’s magnitude and how often it occurs among a group of middle school soccer players. Our researchers will compare HIA among the group’s male and female players to see if it differs between genders.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Children’s Academic Enrichment Fund
  • PI: Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH

Care for Persistent Concussive Symptoms (CARE4PCS) Study

CARE4PCS is a pilot study that evaluates an innovative, collaborative care model for treating 11-to-17-year-olds who have persistent concussion symptoms. This model brings together providers with different specialties. We are evaluating whether collaborative care is feasible and effective for these patients, and investigating whether we can predict how future patients might respond to similar treatment.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Carolyn McCarty, PhD

Age, Card Type, and Performance Time with the King-Devick Test in Youth

The goal of this study was to examine the effect of age, card type and their interaction on performance time with the King-Devick in youth.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH

Parents of Youth Soccer Players: Knowledge, Attitudes, Communication

This study’s goals are to understand what parents of youth soccer players believe are the risks of concussion and how they act (e.g., communicate, advocate) with respect to concussion prevention, identification and management.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH

School SES, Athletic Trainers and Concussion Identification

The goal of this study is to determine how athletic trainer staffing is patterned by school socioeconomic status.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH

xPatch Validation Study

This study evaluates how well a device, called the xPatch sensor, measures the force of impacts similar to those sustained by youths playing soccer. Seattle-based X2 Biosystems developed the xPatch, a tiny sensor that can be placed behind an athlete’s ear and worn while playing almost any sport.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Randal Ching, PhD

Agreement Between Parents and Athletes in Reporting Number of Plays and Concussion Symptoms

This study will investigate how parent reports of sports-related concussion among youth compare to how the athlete self-reports those concussions. Better understanding the level of agreement between parents and athletes in reporting the number of games and practices the child participates in, as well as type and severity of symptoms, will help researchers design studies that capture how often concussions occur.

  • Funding Source: Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative
  • PI: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH