Sports Concussion Program

The UCSF Sports Concussion Program is the region's premier center for evaluating and treating head injuries in athletes. Our team includes experts from specialties such as sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, neurology and neurosurgery. With this combined expertise, our program can evaluate, diagnose and manage virtually any sports concussion in children, adolescents, and young adults. Our team of experts work together to help athletes safely recover and even return to sports. Patients can be seen by several specialists in one location on the same day.

Find Us

San Francisco Campus
1500 Owens St. 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1915
Fax:     (415) 514-6075

What We Do

The Sports Concussion Program at the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes is the region’s premier resource for evaluating and treating young athletes with sports-related concussions. For an acute sports-related concussion, athletes can be seen within seven days. Non-sport related head injuries are treated at our Pediatric Neuroscience Center.

Evaluation and Testing

The initial evaluation may take up to two hours and consists of:

  • A thorough history and physical examination
  • A neuropsychological testing battery
  • Balance and coordination testing
  • Visual oculomotor testing

Experts from a Wide Range of Specialties in One Place, on the Same Day

Because we are a pediatric specialty medical center, we can give the multidisciplinary care required for all head injury care – namely consultation with experts from a wide range of specialties in one place, on the same day.

Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in primary care sports medicine, neuropsychology, athletic training, physical therapy, neurology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation, with additional resources available for consultation as needed in occupational therapy and audiology. With this combined expertise, our program evaluates, diagnoses, and manages any sports-related concussion and helps young athletes safely recover and return to sports.

We work with school districts across the wider San Francisco Bay Area to treat and raise awareness about concussion and brain injury. Athletes at participating schools receive:

  • Concussion baseline testing and post-injury testing
  • Comprehensive evaluation by a sports medicine physician trained in concussion management
  • A detailed step-by-step, return-to-play progression program
  • Consultation and communication with the school's certified athletic trainer

Innovation and Research

Members of our team are engaged in numerous research projects focused on understanding brain injury,  treatment innovations and recovery. Their work has been published in multiple medical books and journals.

About Sports Concussion

A sports-related concussion is a brain injury and can be serious. Getting help from specialists knowledgeable in the diagnosis and management of concussions may speed recovery. A referral to our sports concussion specialists should be considered if an athlete has suffered a blow to the head, neck or body, and is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Dizziness or problems with balance or coordination
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty reading or studying

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