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At Akron Children's, we understand that children's brains are still developing and require specialized care. From the very first concussion appointment, your child will receive:

  • Information on what a concussion is, along with signs and symptoms.
  • A customized care plan.
  • Concussion prevention tips.

Our athletic trainers (ATs) at more than two dozen schools are the first responders to injuries. The ATs are specifically trained to evaluate athletes for suspected concussion. ATs:

  • Use the SCAT-6 tool to gather information on how an athlete was injured and what symptoms are present.
  • Provide a clinical evaluation that includes a neurological exam, memory tests and balance assessment.
  • Help to facilitate medical evaluations when needed by the athlete’s primary care provider, an emergency room doctor or our sports medicine providers. 
  • Work with the school administrators and teachers once athletes are cleared to progress through return-to-learning and return-to-play protocols.  

Complex concussions

Every concussion is different, and some require additional clinical resources. The Akron Children’s multidisciplinary team is available for any special needs that arise while treating concussions. Care may include physical therapy, the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or headache clinic, speech therapy, neurology, orthopedics, sports psychology and ophthalmology.  


Concussion appointments are available at our Akron, Boardman and Warren offices. Patients with concussions are seen Monday through Friday. Please call 330-543-2778 to schedule an appointment.

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