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Pro-2-Cool Concussion Study

Evaluation of a Cooling Therapy following Concussion in Adolescent Athletes


The purpose of this study is to evaluate if cooling the brain after injury is a more effective in concussion treatment than the current standard care of brain rest. Athletes will be recruited from the Sports Medicine Clinic at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron. After signing up for the study, athletes will be randomized to receive either brain rest or the cooling therapy. All participating athletes are required to complete a minimum of four follow-up visits at Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic in Akron (72 hours, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks).

Who May Qualify?:

Adolescent athletes between the ages of 12-19 years old diagnosed with a concussion.

Who Does Not Qualify:

Students with:

  • History of serious medical or psychiatric disorder

  • History of Reynaud’s disease or phenomenon, cold agglutinin disease, cryoglobulinemia, or cryofibrinogenemia

  • Previously diagnosed with a cerebrovascular disorder

  • Known pregnancy

Interested in participating?
We are currently recruiting
Study Sponsor:


Full IRB Study Title:
An assessment of clinical efficacy of hypothermic therapy immediately following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in the adolescent athlete as compared to an untreated active control population
IRB Study ID:
If you are interested in this study or have questions about your child's eligibility, please contact:

Alexandria Lesak, MPH

Lead Investigator
Joseph Congeni, MD

Director, Sports Medicine; Sports Medicine Physician
Sports Medicine Center