Current Research Studies

Concussion – Mobile Sub-threshold Exercise Program for Concussion (M-STEP)

What is the goal of this study?

mother and daughter runningOur research team would like to see if exercise can help kids get better from concussion more quickly. Youth with concussion often have headaches or feel dizzy when they try to exercise. We are studying whether gradually increasing exercise can help advance recovery.

Who can join the study?

This study may be a good fit for children and teens who:

  • Are between 11 and 18 years old.
  • Had a concussion and are still not feeling better.

Children and one of their parents are asked to participate in the study. To find out if you and your child are eligible for this study, please complete this short survey.

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

All parts of the study are completed remotely. If you and your child decide to take part in the study, you will both complete online surveys at several time points. Your child will also:

  • Wear an activity monitor to measure exercise.
  • Be given a randomly chosen exercise program to complete daily for six weeks.
  • Check in with a research assistant by video conference weekly.

Participating in the study will take around 4-6 hours over the course of six months. Time spent exercising will vary based on participation.

As a thank you for participation, youth will receive up to $195 and parents will receive up to $110. If you complete just part of the study, you will receive partial payment.

Who can I contact for more information?

To learn more, please call (206) 659-8309 or email mstep@seattlechildrens.org.

You can also learn more about our study at our website, mstepstudy.org.


Study Location(s):

All study activity is done online. There are no in-person visits.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Sara Chrisman
Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development


Learn about the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative at Seattle Children's.