Children and Teens 8 to 17 Years Old Who Have Had a Recent Concussion

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to compare the EEG (electroencephalography – a noninvasive test which records the electrical activity along the scalp) pattern in the brain of children who have had a concussion with that of children who have not had a concussion.

Who can participate?

Children and teens 8 to 17 years old who have had a concussion within the last 10 days may be eligible to participate.

What will happen in the study?

Your child will wear an EEG net (looks like a swim cap) to record brain waves during simple tasks. He/she will be asked to listen to different sounds and press a button when he/she hears the target sound. He/she will also be asked to sit quietly with his/her eyes open and then again with them closed.

Parents interested in having their child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

Your child will not receive a direct medical benefit from participating in this study. However, his/her participation will help us to learn more about new EEG science and to better understand the differences between a healthy brain and a brain injured by concussion

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

The device that your child will be wearing throughout the testing sessions will be similar to a tight swim cap, so it may be a little uncomfortable.

Other possible risks or discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians interested in learning more about the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Participants will receive $25 per visit up to 4 visits.


Kim Barber Foss
Sports Medicine
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 10001
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Paul Gubanich, MD
Kelsey Logan, MD
Gregory D. Myer, PhD
Sports Medicine
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center