Our Concussion Program's Research and News

Research Studies

ImPACT® data that has been collected on high school athletes is currently being analyzed to examine gender effects, symptoms effecting recovery, and possible return to play decisions based on a database of over 10,000 visits when ImPACT was administered.  This includes multiple investigators across the multi-disciplinary team at Children’s and involves three separate studies.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Advanced fMRI technology, morphometry, and cardiovascular paradigms are being utilized to assess frontal lobe function in the brain for high school football players.  This includes neuropsychological testing and ImPACT to monitor recovery of function and symptoms affecting our communities athletes.  This initiative was grant funded and is open thought the current football season.

We are presently analyzing data from our outcomes study for concussion education and the impact this has had on practice patterns for our local pediatricians. Using our continuing medical education (CME) modules via the web, the Children's Concussion program has created a venue from which further education can be gained from our primary care settings to provide quality care at a lower cost.

Recent Publications
"Clinical Commentary: Pediatric Sports Specific Return to Play Guidelines following Concussion"
Authors: Keith H. May, P.T., D.P.T., S.C.S., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., David L. Marshall, M.D., Thomas G. Burns, Psy.D., ABPP/CN, David M. Popoli, M.D., John A. Polikandriotis, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, FACHE. The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Volume 9, Number 2. April 2014. Page 242

"CHOA concussion consensus: establishing a uniform policy for academic accommodations
Authors: David Popoli, M.D., Thomas G. Burns, Psy.D., ABPP/CN,, Meehan WP 3rd, Andrew Reisner, M.D. Clinical Pediatrics. 2014 Mar;53(3):217-24. doi: 10.1177/0009922813499070. Epub 2013 Aug 19.

HealthWatch M.D. features Andrew Reisner, M.D.

Video: A dangerous injury on the rise in kids

A dangerous injury on the rise in kidsView

A recent report said that there is a major increase in the number of children visiting the emergency room for suspected concussions. I met with Dr. Andrew Reisner, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, to discuss what exactly concussions are and what you need to know to protect your children.

  • Alert Parent Spots Subtle Concussion Symptoms

    Bret was tackled by a much larger football player. He complained of a headache and sleepiness for the rest of the night and, two days later, his pupils were dilated and he was feeling nauseated.

    His mom knew the symptoms of a concussion and took him to Children's for treatment.