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  Children’s National Medical Center Neuropsychologist Leads Research And Development Of Youth Sports Concussion Programs
March 19, 2008

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2008

Contact: Janiene Torch, Emily Dammeyer, 202-476-4500

Washington, DC— World-renowned traumatic brain injury expert, Gerard Gioia, PhD, director of Neuropsychology at Children’s National Medical Center and director of Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program, has published a report on a successful concussion management program based on his pioneering research in concussion management in children. Most concussion management programs for youth sports lag behind collegiate and professional sports, despite the serious consequences of brain injury on a developing brain.

Dr. Gioia’s research and “ten steps” to a successful concussion management process are detailed in the latest edition of Brain Injury Professional (Vol. 4, Issue 4, pp14-15) (pdf).

“Implementing an effective sports concussion management program is essential to safeguard young participants and reduce long term risks,” writes Dr. Gioia. “Management of this serious injury must consider the various effects in the home, school, social and sports environments.”

Dr. Gioia’s work in effective management of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)/concussion in children is well documented. His research has translated a model of neurocognitive testing used in professional athletes for use in children who have suffered from a mild TBI. This work, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), uses computer-based testing and standardized parent/ teacher reports of the student athlete’s neurocognitive functioning to better guide recovery after a mild TBI.

Additionally, Dr. Gioia recently attended the 4th International Meeting on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where he organized and led the international pediatric sports concussion day.

His work is changing the way mild TBIs in youth are treated, and helping change the mindset among young athletes, parents, coaches, teachers, and physicians to define when it is safe to return to the field – and the classroom. He also is a primary author of a CDC tool kit that instructs physicians on proper diagnosis and management of concussions, based on his research. The toolkit employs an innovative tool, the Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE), developed by Dr. Gioia and his colleague, Dr. Micky Collins, assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, to improve the physician’s initial identification and treatment of mild TBI.

About Children’s Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program:
The SCORE program is the only program in the region that specializes in the evaluation and management of concussions/ TBIs in children. Our clinics see approximately 300 to 500 children each year. The clinic is staffed by neuropsychologists and neuropsychology fellows who specialize in precise identification, monitoring and management of children ages 4-18 who have sustained a concussion. SCORE program instructs physicians, public health and school officials, athletic coaches, and parents about concussions through seminars, workshops, in-services, and consultations.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Gioia, please contact the Children’s National Public Relations Department at 202-476-4500.


Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit