July 1, 2019 Regulations, News (Brantford Girls Hockey Association)

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July 1, 2019 Regulations
Submitted By Kate Hogarth on Wednesday, June 26, 2019
On July 1st, 2019, new rules come into effect through Rowan’s Law to improve concussion safety in amateur competitive sport.  

Rowan Stringer, a high school Rugby player from Ottawa, Ontario passed away 3 years ago due to multiple concussions suffered within a short period of time.

Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention by establishing mandatory requirements that call for:

·  Annual review of concussion awareness resources that help prevent, identify and manage concussions, which athletes, coaches, educators and parents would be required to review before registering in a sport

·  Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion and giving them the time required to heal properly

·  A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.

In honour of Rowan Stringer, the 17-year-old rugby player whose death resulted from sustaining multiple concussions, the legislation establishes the last Wednesday in September as “Rowan’s Law Day”.

Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass concussion safety legislation, setting a precedent for sport legislation across the country. The Ontario government worked closely with key medical experts, athletes, coaches and sport leaders – most notably the members of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee – in establishing this first-of-its-kind legislation.

 

We at the BGHA are working at implementing the recommendations that have been finalized to this point.

There will be a Concussion Code of Conduct required to be signed by players/parents, coaches and trainers as well as a review of concussion resources.

Lisa will be contacting coaches as teams are being set up to comply with this new legislation.

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