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Hit…. Stop…. Sit…. ROWAN'S LAW
Submitted By Dianne Skirving on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The Ontario Hockey Federation has been working with Hockey Canada on the implementation of Rowan’s Law since the adoption of the Rowan’s Law Concussion Safety on March 7, 2018. The Ontario Hockey Federation is in full support of the intent of Rowan’s Law to create awareness of concussion, change the culture on concussion and provide safe sport participation.  

WHAT IS ROWAN'S LAW? Rowan Stringer, a high school Rugby player from Ottawa, Ontario, passed away 3 years ago from Second Impact Syndrome due to multiple concussions suffered within a short period of time.

A coroner’s inquest into her death resulted in 49 recommendations to be implemented in an effort to prevent another tragedy such as this from happening in the future. Rowan’s Law, which passed unanimously at the Ontario Legislature on June 7, 2016, is a private members bill put forth by Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod (Napean-Carleton) along with Rowan’s parents, Gord and Kathleen Stringer designed to put these recommendations into action.


WHAT IS SECOND IMPACT SYNDROME

A concussion is a brain injury that ultimately results in a disturbance in the energy levels as well as blood flow within the brain. If the injury is managed appropriately through adequate recovery, most concussions recover without any additional or serious consequences. However, during this period of low energy, the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma.

A second concussion during this recovery stage can result in a dangerous drop in energy levels and blood flow which leads to a rapid increase in swelling in the brain and death: this is Second Impact Syndrome. It is the result of suffering two concussions in a very short period of time (i.e., within a week or two). The scary part is that symptoms, meaning how you feel, have no bearing on the recovery level of the brain.

 

https://completeconcussions.com/2016/06/01/rowans-law/


ROWAN'S LAW - MINISTRY OF TOURISM CULTURE AND SPORT

The Ontario Hockey Federation was informed by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport on June 18, 2019 that the Rowan’s Law Act and Regulations must be implemented by July 1, 2019. Therefore, after July 1, 2019 every Player, Team Official and On-Ice Official (parent as well if individual under 18) in order to register/participate must review the OHF Concussion Code of Conduct and the appropriate Concussion Awareness Resources. 

Requirements
• All Registrants registering July 1, 2019 or after must have completed the review information and acknowledgement prior to registration/participation.
• All Team Officials currently registered will be required to complete the review of information and acknowledgement prior to August 30, 2019.
• All Registrants registered prior to July 1, 2019 must complete the review of information and acknowledgement prior to participation in the first game.

Bulldog  Players - Please complete the requirements and forward your completed form to our Registrar who will upload to the HCR.

Future players - Please complete the requirements and the acknowledgement form if not done already.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM AND RESOURCES

 
ROWAN'S LAW

Rowan's Law -OHF Acknowledgment Form

Rowan's Law - Under 10 Information

Rowan's Law -11 to 14 Years Information

Rowan's Law - 15 Years and Older


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