Concussion Safety Legislation (Brantford Girls Hockey Association)

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Concussion Safety Legislation

Ontario passed concussion safety legislation to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer on the field and at school.

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”. The first Rowan’s Law Day was celebrated on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018.

Only section 5 of Rowan’s Law (Rowan’s Law Day) has been proclaimed to date. A proclamation date for the remaining sections of the legislation will be announced once regulations have been developed. The Ontario government will work closely with parents and sports organizations to ensure that the regulations for Rowan’s Law help athletes, coaches, educators, teachers and sport organizations improve concussion safety on the field and at schools.

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

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Printed from bgha.ca on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:56 AM