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Concussion Safety in Amateur Competitive Sport
We’re looking for your ideas on how we can best provide information about Ontario’s new concussion law, Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018.
Concussions are common head or brain injuries that cause changes in how the brain functions. A concussion can happen from a direct or indirect contact to the head or body that causes the brain to move quickly back and forth within the skill. Concussions are common sport injuries among children and youth, but they can sometimes go unnoticed.
With Rowan’s Law, we’re protecting amateur athletes by improving concussion safety in the community and at schools. The Law has four key requirements:
- Annual review of concussion awareness resources by athletes, coaches, and parents before registering in an amateur competitive sport;
- Removal-from-sport protocols to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion;
- Return-to-sport protocols; and
- A concussion code of conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.
Rowan’s Law was passed on March 7, 2018, but most of the law will only come into effect after the government develops accompanying regulations. We want you to have a say in the content of those regulations. That’s why we need your ideas now. We want your thoughts on how Rowan’s Law should be carried out. We need your voice to inform regulations, because Rowan’s Law was developed to protect amateur athletes.
Check out the questions below and share your ideas at the bottom of the page, or join the conversation on social media.
- Which amateur competitive sports do you think should be covered by Ontario’s new #concussion law – all sports or specific ones (give examples)? #ONRowansLaw
- Ontario’s new #concussion law #ONRowansLaw will require athletes to learn about concussion safety when signing up for an amateur sport. Tell us your ideas for how #ONyouth would like to learn about concussions!
- Research shows brain development continues to age 25. This makes younger athletes more vulnerable to concussions, but athletes of all ages can get a #concussion when playing sports. Which age groups do you think should be covered under #ONRowansLaw to protect amateur athletes?
- Share your ideas for how we can reach #ONyouth amateur athletes to change their attitudes about #concussions! #ONRowansLaw
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