WORA fully supports the intent of Rowan’s Law to improve concussion safety in amateur competitive sport.
What is Rowan’s Law?
Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.
Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety. (Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-day)
Rowan’s Law came into effect on July 1, 2019.
What do I need to do?
Under Rowan’s Law, all amateur sports organizations in Ontario must ensure that athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, coaches, team trainers and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources.
This acknowledgement MUST be completed for players and bench staff to be permitted to play.
Parents: Review the age-appropriate Concussion Awareness Resource below with your player(s).
Bench Staff: Review the Concussion Awareness Resource that applies to the age group you are involved with this season.
- Concussion Awareness Resource (Age 10 and Under)
- Concussion Awareness Resource (Age 11-14)
- Concussion Awareness Resource (Age 15 and Up)
Review the Concussion Code of Conduct – Athlete and/or Concussion Code of Conduct – Bench Staff. **If you are both a parent of a player under 18 and a member of a team bench staff, you must review both documents**
Sign the acknowledgement at the bottom of the Code(s) of Conduct and return to your team Manager. WORA is asking all forms to be returned by October 1, 2019 to assist us in efficiently meeting our obligations under Rowan’s Law. Further instructions will be provided directly to the Team Managers.
IMPORTANT: The acknowledgement must be signed by every head coach, assistant coach, trainer, official, and athlete and, if the athlete is under 18, their parent or guardian must sign as well.
Where can I get more information?