Healthy Teens and Adults 13 to 24 Years Old Needed for a Research Study

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to learn more about the effects of physical and mental rest after a concussion. To do this, we will compare testing results between people who have concussions and those who do not.

Who can participate?

Healthy teens and adults, 13 to 24 years old, who have not had a concussion within the last year, an allergy to metals, or an implanted electronic device, may be eligible for participation.


  • Healthy Babies Children and Teens
  • Healthy Adults

What will happen in the study?

If you (as a participant 18 years or older) or your child qualifies, and you decide you want to be in this research study, you will come to Cincinnati Children’s 2 times over a 2 week period. Each of the 2 study visits should take about 45 minutes.

The following is a list of some of the tests that you or your child will be asked to complete during the study:

  • SCAT3: test used to quickly evaluate memory, balance and symptoms (5 minutes)
  • ImPACT: computer-based test that assesses reaction time, memory and vision (25 minutes)
  • Puck-Drop: test looking at reaction time (6 minutes)
  • King-Devick: test measuring brain function based on rapid eye movements (2 minutes)
  • Armband accelerometer: you or your child will wear this daily as it records levels of physical activity (like calories burned and steps taken)
  • Physical activity chart: you or your child will complete this daily while at home
  • Mental activity chart: you or your child will complete this daily while at home

During the first research study visit, staff will go over the details of the study and ask you and/or your child to sign the consent forms. You or your child will then complete the 4 concussion tests mentioned above (SCAT3, ImPACT, Puck-Drop, and King-Devick). You or your child will also receive an armband accelerometer, physical activity chart and mental activity chart to take home with you after the visit is over.

While at home, you or your child will continuously wear the armband accelerometer AND complete the 2 charts (which should take about 5 minutes) every day for 1 week.

At the end of the week, your child will return for the second visit. At this visit, study staff will ask that you turn in the accelerometer and charts. There will be no other follow-up testing.

Those interested in participating or 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?

You or your child will not receive any direct medical benefit from being in this research study. When we finish the study, we hope that we will know more about concussions, which may help people with concussions later on.  

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

It is not expected that you or your child will be exposed to any risk by participating in this research study. 

A detailed list of possible side effects will be provided to those participants, parents or guardians interested in knowing more about this study. 

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

Participants will not receive pay for this research study. 


Contact Us.Angie Curtis
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Division of Sports Medicine
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Paul Gubanich, MD, MPH
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Fellowship Director, Division of Sports Medicine