Concussion Protocol

Athletics are a tradition that stretches back, unbroken, to Mr. Gunn's era. A staunch advocate of physical fitness, he created the school's first athletic teams.  With a wide range of options – 35 Gunnery teams compete in 15 sports – you have the opportunity to try new sports and to perfect your skills.

If a concussion or head injury is suspected, student athletes must be removed from play. In order for the student athlete to return to play the day of a suspected concussion or head injury, a health care provider (ATC or other health care professional) must assess and clear them for return.


After a proper and appropriate assessment, student athletes sustaining a concussion or head injury are not allowed to return to play and must follow the concussion or head injury protocol guidelines set forth by The Gunnery. There is no set safe return to play timeline as each athlete should be assessed individually.


A student athlete with a concussion or head injury will not be allowed to return to play without written clearance from The Gunnery’s Medical Director.


CONCUSSION POLICY & PROTOCOL
ImPACT (Immediate Post­Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most widely used computerized concussion evaluation system for athletes of all ages. It is a 20 minute computer test that measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes. All new students will receive a baseline test upon arrival to The Gunnery. If a student sustains a concussion a post ­injury test will be performed to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete’s post­ injury condition and track the athlete’s recovery for a safe return to play.


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”

POST INJURY: The student will rest in the Health Center or home for two days with no brain stimulation (no technology, academics or athletics). After 48 hours of no brain stimulation, a post injury test will be performed by the Health Center. The student along with the test results will be sent to Dr. Altorelli for evaluation. Upon Dr. Altorelli’s advisement, the student will be placed on the following academic accommodations during recovery.

  • No tests or quizzes
  • Reduced homework load
  • Extended deadlines
  • Breaks during class if student has concussive symptoms
  • No sports
  • No watching sports until symptom-free during class for 24 hours

Once the student is symptom-free in class for 24 hours they may start the Return to Play Protocol with the Athletic Trainer. The length of recovery varies for each student depending on the severity of the concussion. If symptoms persist, a second post injury test will be performed and the student will be evaluated again by Dr. Altorelli. For the safety of our students, only The Gunnery’s Medical Director can clear a student to return to sports. Furthermore, The Gunnery has the right to not allow a student to return ­to ­play, despite the findings of ImPACT, if upon our medical assessment we believe it would be unsafe.