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.
-Ontario Government (2019)
- Concussion Policy Template – Parachute Canada
- What is a concussion?
- Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) Information
- Legislation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/18r01
- Regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/190161
- Minister Approved Concussion Awareness Resources
- Code of Conduct sample templates
- Gov’t Primary Page – Rowan’s Law: Concussion Safety
- Coaches Association of Ontario Rowan’s Law Resource
- Concussions in School -OPHEA Resource
- Concussions in Schools – OPHEA Resource 2
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