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Dr. Kimberly Pitts Named Certified ImPACT Concussion Consultant March 02, 2015

Following the debut of the Riddell InSite Impact Helmets last Fall, CHRISTUS Hospital – St. Elizabeth & St. Mary Concussion Specialist Kimberly Pitts, DO, has taken one more step in establishing CHRISTUS as a leader in concussion management in Southeast Texas with becoming a Certified ImPACT Concussion Consultant.

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT was developed to provide useful information to assist qualified professionals in making sound return to play decisions following concussions. Founded in 2002 by leading concussion specialists, ImPACT has been used by professional athletic organizations including the NFL, NCAA, and WPIAL.

“Standing on the sidelines along Southeast Texas’ leading athletic trainers, I have been able to help identify, diagnose and begin to treat concussions in our young athletes,” said Dr. Pitts. “Impact to the head can cause serious injury, and without proper professional guidance and the use of cognitive tools like ImPACT, the severity of a concussion may go undiagnosed, and treatment delayed—which can cause more damage,” said Pitts, a family medicine physician.

“I am honored to be included in the prestigious group of ImPACT consultants. It’s one more tool I can arm myself with to help keep our young athletes safe.” Concussion is a complex injury that should be managed using multiple tools including sideline screening, balance and vestibular testing and neurocognitive assessment. All concussions are different and need to be managed individually.

“Our local schools and university need experts like Dr. Pitts to help keep their athletes safe,” said Paul Trevino, president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas. “And it’s our goal through the CHRISTUS Sports Medicine Program to enable our top physicians to go out into the community and provide the best health care practices.”