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Rowan’s Law aims to reduce the risk of concussion on sports fields

June 22, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The risk of concussion when playing any sport should always be taken seriously.

While sports with a lot of physical contact, like hockey and football, are most likely to cause a concussion, all sports have an inherent risk.

Rowan’s Law Legislation was passed by the Ontario government in 2018. This legislation is named in memory of Rowan Stringer, a rugby player who died in 2013 after having multiple concussions playing the sport three times in six days.

The legislation is designed to create a safer environment for competitive amateur athletes, as well as children and youth who play different sports.

Knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if it occurs can save lives. Athletes, students, parents, coaches, trainers, and sports officials should know the signs and symptoms.

As of July 1, 2019, all sports must have a Concussion Code of Conduct in place. Players, parents, guardians, coaches, umpires, and trainers must review and sign off on the resources relevant to their participation in a sport.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Effects are usually temporary and can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Symptoms can also include ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, fatigue or drowsiness, and blurry vision.

If athletes show concussion symptoms, they should be allowed to return to play.

Severe cases or multiple concussions can cause serious or permanent injuries, and you should seek medical help.

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