As a Credentialed ImPACT Concussion Physician, Thomas G. DePuydt, M.D., in association with Washington Institute of Sports Medicine and their Physical Therapy Director, Mike Lewis, is implementing the ImPACT Concussion Program on the Eastside focusing on adolescent athletes and increasing the quality of care to those athletes. Dr. DePuydt is particularly concerned with adolescent athletes ages 10-18, participating in recreational soccer, football, lacrosse and hockey that typically do not have access to certified athletic trainers or team physicians.
The ImPACT program is a computerized neuro-cognitive test that provides a pre-impact cognitive baseline for athletes and is on the cutting edge of science in managing concussions. It is currently being used by the NFL and NHL, as well as many Universities, Colleges and High Schools in their goal of protecting their athlete’s central nervous system function of the brain, and help prevent Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) through ImPACT cognitive testing. Many of the NFL and NHL players in their 40’s and 50’s have developed CTE due in large part to the inability to manage multiple concussions at a young age. In addition, the brain does not fully develop the neurons until the age of 19, thus making the brain more susceptible and running the risk of having a “Second Impact Syndrome”, i.e., a concussion on top of a concussion and possibly developing CTE or other neurologic issues later in life.
Concussions are brain injuries and should be treated as a serious health problem for student athletes. They require early identification, careful evaluation and specialized management before students can return to school or activity. In some instances, a concussion can interfere with a student’s ability to do school work or even attend school for a short period of time. Dr. DePuydt and Washington Institute of Sports Medicine work with schools and teachers to help students manage that challenge.
As a full time Sports Medicine Physician for the past 42 years it is Dr. DePuydt’s goal to provide the highest quality of care to your sons or daughters and to return them to activity as soon as it is safely possible. As a Credentialed ImPACT Concussion Physician, he is able to utilize the most current scientific tools in the prevention of central nervous system problems. He has implemented the ImPACT Program at both Cedarcrest High School for the Riverview School District and at Interlake High School in the Bellevue School District this year, and is currently working with UFC and the State of Washington Athletic Commission to implement the ImPACT Program for all professional Boxing and MMA fighters.
Statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), estimates that as many as 3.8 million recreation and sports related concussions happen on a yearly basis in the United States. Of that, almost a full 50% of these concussions go unreported and untreated. Don’t let your student athlete become a statistic. Young athletes that return to active play too soon after concussion are at higher risk of additional brain injury. This can result in prolonged symptoms and possible permanent mental and physical disabilities for your child.
If your child plays sports, please call Washington Sports Medicine Institute today to schedule a baseline ImPACT Study at 425.820.2110. If you think your son or daughter has already sustained a concussion, call Dr. DePuydt at 425 820-1221 for a medical consultation and Mike Lewis for a repeat ImPACT test.
Credentialed ImPACT™ Consultant is a local healthcare leader and authority on concussion management.
Concussions can occur in ANY sport or physical activity. For parents and athletes, ImPACT promotes the highest level of care and a safe return to play.
ImPACT is a comprehensive program for schools, teams and clubs that provides concussion management standards and accountability for athletes.
Credentialed ImPACT™ Consultant is a local healthcare leader and authorities on concussion management.