Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic

Designed to Prevent, Treat and Educate Families About Concussions

Kids and Concussions | A Roadmap to Recovery

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Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic

The Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital utilizes the expertise of pediatric sports medicine specialists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, along with neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to best manage pediatric concussions.

About Concussions

According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC):

  • Each year, U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years.
  • During the last decade, ED visits for sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60%.
  • Overall, the activities associated with the greatest number of TBI-related ED visits included bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer.

You don’t have to be “knocked out” to have a concussion. In fact, fewer than 10% of concussions result in loss of consciousness.

The Dangers of Concussions

While a blow to the head may not always seem like a big deal at the time, concussion symptoms can develop immediately or up to 48 hours after the incident. Ignoring any signs or symptoms of a concussion is putting the child’s health at risk – in both the short and long term.

If recognized and treated properly, most children will recover fully from a single concussion. However, kids who sustain multiple concussions over a young sports career tend to take longer to recover each time and are more likely to experience prolonged post-concussion symptoms or cognitive impairment.

Learn More About Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Resources for Providers and Families

Parent's Guide to Concussions

Education Presentations

Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine staff is available to come to meetings and provide information to parents, coaches, athletes, and educators on a variety of health/sport-related topics, including concussions.

Presentations are FREE and can be tailored to the specific needs of each group.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact us at (614) 355-6000.

Physician Practice Tool

Learn the symptoms, signs, management and return to play guidelines for concussions in children and adolescents.

Download Our Practice Tool

Concussion Symptom Log

Have you been seen in concussion clinic and lost your symptom log?

Download a Symptom Log

New Program to Educate Teachers about Working with Students Post-Concussion

Your Appointment

To arrange a consult in the Concussion Clinic, request an appointment online or call (614) 722-6200 (select option #3 and then option #4).

Prepare for Your Sports Medicine Visit

How you can prepare for your visit at the Sports Medicine clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

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Our Clinics

For your convenience, the Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic is available four days a week and at several Columbus and Central Ohio Locations.

(The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Concussion Clinic is also available to see concussion patients.) 

East Columbus Close To Home Center with Urgent Care at 6435 East Broad St.

East Columbus at 6435 East Broad St.

Orthopedic Center

Orthopedic Center

Hilliard Close To Home Center


Marysville Close To Home Center with Urgent Care