The Concussion & Injury Surveillance in Youth Football Study

Researchers at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington want to learn more about how young athletes recover after a concussion from football. This study has been endorsed by the Northwest Junior Football League (NJFL) Board.  As part of this partnership Seattle Children’s Athletic Trainers will provide care to all NJFL participants at league games.

NJFL Study Informational Video

Research is always voluntary!

This study is for individuals who:

•    Play football for the NJFL
•    Can read or speak English

Those who participate in the study are asked to complete the following:
    You and your parent would answer a baseline survey at the start of the football season. If you got concussed during the season, you and your parent would also answer up to 6 online surveys (which can be completed on a smartphone) during the 6 months after the injury.

Prizes and Lottery:
Every player who completes a baseline survey will receive a customized NJFL towel. Additionally, you will be entered into a lottery to win a Seattle Seahawks poster signed by Russell Wilson.

There may be benefits if you take part in the study.
•    If you give us permission, we can share your study information with your doctor which might improve your care if you are concussed
•    What we learn from the study may also help us improve care for other youth athletes
•    If your child has a concussion during the season you will be thanked for completing follow-up surveys by receiving up to $60

For more information, please contact Shannon Higgins at 206-295-8109 or

The principal researchers for this study are Dr. Rivara at Seattle Children’s and Dr. Herring at UW Sports & Safety Institute