As parents and coaches, we can't always prevent active children and teens from getting concussions. When they do, our team uses the most advanced technology to better diagnose and treat them. Our pediatric concussion specialists are trained in ImPACT®, a special, proven system to evaluate concussions.
Whether your child experiences mild head trauma or a more severe brain injury, we can help. We'll work with your child - and their coach - to ensure a full recovery and a safe return to activity.
Learn more about the symptoms and effects of concussions in children and teens.
How does the ImPACT concussion program work?
To measure possible changes in brain function, our team uses Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT). This computer-based assessment tool is backed by scientific research and strong evidence of its effectiveness.
Ideally, young athletes come to us for a baseline test before the sports season. This evaluation provides our team with a record of your child's healthy brain activity. Then, if they do experience a concussion, we can compare new results to existing records and determine the severity of the injury.
How we use ImPACT to diagnose and treat concussions
Even without a baseline test, ImPACT's diagnostic tools help us accurately measure changes in your child's brain function after a head injury. ImPACT testing can highlight even small changes that might otherwise be easily missed.
This information enables us to customize a treatment plan designed to manage the concussion, from diagnosis through safe return to activities.
Getting your child back in the game
Our experts create a personalized, step-by-step plan for return to play that's paced to fit your child's needs. Resuming play too quickly, when the brain hasn't completely healed, puts your child at greater risk of re-injury. It also increases the risk of long-term damage.
ImPACT provides computerized assessments to monitor your child's recovery every step of the way. This feedback helps us determine when your child is fully healed and can safely return to their sport.
Get to know our sport concussion team
ImPACT is the most widely recognized, science-based concussion and evaluation program available today. A select group of doctors at Cook Children's have completed rigorous training to earn their credentials. With seven ImPACT-trained doctors in four locations, our program is here for you and your child, when and where you need us.
Meet our doctors
Meet our athletic trainers
Aaren Stratton ATC, LAT, CES
Aaren started working with Cook Children's in 2023 as an Athletic Trainer in the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department. She received her Bachelor of Science Athletic Training degree from University of Texas Arlington in 2011. Prior to coming to Cook Children’s, Aaren worked as a secondary school athletic trainer at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School for ten years.
Aaren has been a member of the National Athletic Training Association since 2008. She is a Corrective Exercise Specialist as well as an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer.
Aaren lives in Mansfield, Texas with her husband and their children. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing, watching sports and spending time with her family.
Carolyn Snow MS, LAT, ATC, OTC
Carolyn started working with Cook Children's in 2022 as an athletic trainer in the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department. She received her Bachelor of Science Athletic Training degree from Texas Christian University in 2010. She went on to receive her Master's degree from the University of North Texas in 2012 in Kinesiology where she was also the athletic trainer for their volleyball team. Prior to coming to Cook Children's, Carolyn has worked in orthopedic clinics with all age groups where she would assist in clinic and surgery.
Carolyn has been a member of the National Athletic Training Association since 2006. She is a Certified Orthopaedic Technologist as well as an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer. Carolyn has a passion for helping her community, especially keeping youth in the activities they love.
Carolyn lives in Weatherford, Texas with her husband and their children. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching sports and spending time with her family.
Frankie Kindy, MS, RD, LD
Frankie started working with Cook Children's in 2023 as a Registered Dietitian in the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, Master of Science in Human Nutrition, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Prior to coming to Cook Children’s, Frankie worked as a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer at a commercial gym, providing fitness and nutrition guidance for teens and adults in all walks of life. She is currently studying to become a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics.
Frankie grew up participating in sports and loves teaching young athletes how to fuel their bodies to perform at their best and reduce their risk of injury. In addition, she is very passionate about promoting a good relationship with food that lasts a lifetime. Food is fuel and fun! In her free time, Frankie enjoys exercising, reading, eating yummy food, and spending time with her husband and two cats.