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Concussion Management Program

Punahou School has instituted a Concussion Management Program (CMP) to ensure student athletes return to athletic participation safely. CMP aligns Punahou School with national guidelines and recommendations.

See Punahou School's Concussion Management Policy

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Concussions can be caused by a direct blow to the head or body that results in a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head and neck. This injury changes the way the cells in the brain normally work leading to a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms.

Act 262 established a new law that “any player who shows signs, symptoms or behaviors associated with a concussion must be removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.” However, it can take three weeks or longer to fully recover from a concussion. It is imperative that a concussion is managed throughout the entire recovery process.

Concussion management involves creating a support system around the student. Parents, teachers, and coaches need to change and modify the environment around the student to maximize their concussion recovery.

Baseline ImPACT testing for concussion

Punahou School offers baseline ImPACT testing for its student athletes.  ImPACT testing for concussion is a nationally recognized, research based computer test that can be used to assess and manage a concussion.

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