Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion - Nuances and Conundrums

A Concusion Health Summit Lecture Series | Audio Lecture 16: Focused scientific evidence driving the management of concussion in pediatric and adolescents.


Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion audio lecture focuses on recent, pediatric focused, scientific evidence that is driving the management of concussion in pediatric and adolescent athletes.

Being thoughtful about how you obtain concussion data from younger patients and involve the parents in their evaluation is critical. Further, understanding that kids will usually generally take longer to recover than their adult counterparts. Kids with high symptom burden and/or co-morbidities will take longer to resolve.

Early recognition of symptoms and placement into a “concussion protocol” can reduce recovery time by 50% compared to those who continue to play with SRC.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe unique features of the pediatric concussion
  • Provide an update on Child SCAT 5
  • Discuss physical and cognitive rest after concussion
  • Describe predictors of poor prognosis in the pediatric athlete

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Thomas Pommering, DO
Thomas Pommering, DO

Thomas Pommering, DO, is Division Chief for Sports Medicine and Medical Director for Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine as well as, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine, he is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Pommering attended medical school at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing an internship at Doctor's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, a Family Medicine Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Pommering regularly teaches pediatric and family medicine residents, sports medicine fellows, athletic trainers, school nurses and coaches about sports medicine issues in both the clinical and didactic settings. As well as having been the team physician for local high school, college and semi-professional athletic teams, he is currently the Medical Director for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure and Tour de Grandview. He is also team physician at Grandview Heights High School.

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