PAU Sport Concussion Study

  • Is your child a sports player between the ages of 8-16?
  • Are you a parent who is concerned with concussion injury and risk?
  • Would you like to get a formal report of your child’s functioning to use as a comparison if s/he does sustain a head injury?

The Palo Alto University Sport Concussion Program, led by Drs. Rayna Hirst and Amie Haas, is offering FREE baseline cognitive testing, normally valued at $1500-$3000, to children in participating athletic programs. Parents receive a clinical report of their child’s performance by a licensed psychologist for their records.  Participants may be re-tested if they get a concussion to determine the effect of the concussion and help make return-to-play decisions. Please email us at if you are interested in having your child participate.

Testing takes 2-2.5 hours, will be completed at a date/time that works for your schedule, and takes place on the Peninsula.

Dr. Rayna Hirst
Assistant Professor, Director of Neuropsychology 
Palo Alto University


FAQ About the Testing and Study

What is baseline cognitive testing (neuropsychological assessment)?


Recovery of concussion: The majority (80–90%) of concussions resolve in a short (7–10 day) period, although the recovery time frame may be longer in children and adolescents. 

The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) has informational videos about signs and symptoms of concussion in ice hockey and football:



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