Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass concussion safety legislation, setting a precedent for sport legislation across the country. The Ontario government worked closely with key medical experts, athletes, coaches and sport leaders – most notably the members of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee – in establishing this first-of-its-kind legislation.
Rowan’s Law makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:
- 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
- establish a Concussion Code of Conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention
- establish a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol
A concussion is a serious brain injury. It can’t be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. It may affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts. While the effects are typically short-term, a concussion can lead to long-lasting symptoms and even long-term effects. Signs and symptoms of a concussion include headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, memory loss, nausea, light sensitivity, drowsiness and depression. If you notice signs of a concussion in others, or experience any of these symptoms yourself, consult with a physician or nurse practitioner.