Head Athletic Trainer (AT):Alyssa J Williamson PT, DPT, L-ATC,CSCS
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
Alyssa is also a licensed Physical Therapist practicing at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.
Assistant Athletic Trainer:Jenn Brooks, MSAT, LAT, NASM-CPT, CES
Jenn works primarily at Coastal Orthopedic Associates with Dr. Edward Schleyer, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. In addition to her time at GHS, Jenn works with athletes on injury prevention and functional strength training at the Manchester Athletic Club, and provides interim athletic training coverage at Pingree School. A longtime resident of Gloucester, she has volunteered with Fisherman Youth Soccer, Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse, Cape Ann Distance Project, directed the kids track program for many years, and has three kids attending Gloucester schools.
Contact Information: 32 Leslie O Johnson Rd Gloucester, MA 01930
An Important Message From Alyssa:
Hello athletes and families! My role as the Athletic Trainer is to provide injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation services to our GHS athletes. In order to make each season run smoothly, here are a few important items to remember:
1. COMMUNICATION IS KEY!: If an athlete gets injured or experiences concussion symptoms, especially at an away game or off site practice, please let me know ASAP. My goal is to help manage injuries and return athletes to sports as quickly and safely as possible.
The athletic training room is well equipped with many tools and modalities which can help manage athletic injuries. The school also have connections with several doctors in the area, allowing athletes to be seen quickly by a specialist if needed.
2. Doctor's Notes:Every child who misses a practice or game for a medical reason (injury/sickness/etc) MUST bring me a Dr.'s note to be eligible for play. This note can be passed to the coach, emailed or faxed to me at the school. The note must identify if and how long the athlete needs to remain out of sports and any other restrictions.
3. ImPACT Baseline Testing: Although this is referred to as a "test", this is not "pass or fail". The results are instead used to assess the athlete's baseline cognitive function - aka how the brain works in certain areas like memory and reaction time. Should an athlete experience a concussion during their sports season, the test results will help the GHS medical staff determine the athlete's readiness to return to play. It must be completed by all athletes 1x per school year. The ImPACT must be completed by all athletes 1x per school year. For more information about the ImPACT program, please see important links below. NOTE: This is NOT the same as the educational online concussion informational course required at the beginning of the season through NFHS required upon registration.
4. Concussion Protocol:We have a strict concussion protocol at GHS to ensure the safety of our athletes. Once an athlete receives a concussion or experiences concussion symptoms, they will be held out of play and must see their PCP. A doctor's note is required from this visit and should be submitted to the athletic training, this helps us alert nurses, teachers and counselors in case the student needs accommodations for school. The athlete will remain out of play until their symptoms resolve. Once symptom free, the athlete will return to the doctor for clearance and re-take the ImPACT test. Once the athlete has doctor's clearance and their ImPACT scores are within baseline, they will begin a 5-day return to play protocol (you can read this protocol in the important links below). If the athlete remains symptom free throughout the protocol, they may return fully to their sport.
5. Epi-pens and Inhalers: should be kept on the player at all time in their sports bag or alternatively can be given to the coach to be kept in the team medical kit.
6. School Insurance: All athletes are covered by the school insurance should an incident occur. If your child is injured playing sports, and your insurance does not cover the related medical mills, the school's insurance will likely pay for them. Please see the link below for more information on student accident medical insurance.
8. Emergency Medical Cards: These cards will be passed out within the first few weeks of the season. They are double sided and have a permission slip to travel with the team on one side, and the opportunity to record important medical information on the other side. Please fill these forms out ASAP and return to the coach to be kept in the team medical kit for emergencies.
9. Up-To-Date Physicals: Please make sure all student athletes have an up-to-date physical at all times. Physicals expire every 13 months. If you are unable to schedule a PCP appointment for an updated physical before the season begins, please contact our school health center for a physical with nurse Linda Gipstein:
10. COVID-19 Precautions: All athletes and staff must wear a mask when participating in GHS sports. The mask must be pulled up over the nose. Athletes can only remove their mask when at least 6ft away from teammates. If a water or mask break is needed, the athlete should first separate themselves from the team and then pull the mask back up before returning. If using reusable masks, these should be washed after every practice or game. Disposable masks should be discarded after every use.
All athletes and staff must check in using the QR codes which have been posted at each facility and given to each coach, attesting they do not have symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone who has the virus. Athletes will also have their temperature taken before each practice and competition to ensure <100* F. COVID-19 cases will be handled by the school and local DPH.
Please refer to the MIAA website for COVID-19 sport specific rules: http://www.miaa.net/contentm/easy_pages/view.php?sid=38&page_id=317
NFHS Student-Athlete Concussion Course
Every GHS/O'Maley Student-Athlete must complete this course annually. Completion of the course will cover up to 3 full seasons of athletics. Once completed please upload the Certificate of Completion to your FamilyID account or email a copy to the Athletic Trainer or Athletic Director
Baseline ImPACT TESTING
Baseline testing must be completed 1x per school year by each athlete. For more information about ImPACT testing can be found here or watch the video below: