Ontario passes groundbreaking concussion safety legislation

Mar. 08, 2018

The Government of Ontario's Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport has announced new concussion safety legislation to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer.

Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2017 makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention by establishing mandatory requirements that call for:

  • Annual review of concussion awareness resources that prevents, identifies and manages concussions that coaches and educators would be required to review before registering in a sport
  • Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion, giving them the time needed to heal properly
  • A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.

In honour of Rowan Stringer, the 17-year-old rugby player whose death resulted from sustaining multiple concussions, the proposed legislation also establishes the last Wednesday in September as "Rowan's Law Day."

Ontario will continue to work with all partners, including parents, coaches, officials and educators, on how to implement these mandatory requirements. The passage of the legislation will result in transformative change for the way in which concussions are managed in amateur competitive sport and beyond.

Through increasing awareness and changing conversations on the sports field, at school and in our homes, we continue to create a world class amateur competitive sport system by empowering athletes and Ontario residents to participate safely.

For more info on concussions, visit: http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/concussions.shtml