Rowan’s Law Coming into Effect: Concussion Awareness
On July 1, 2019, new rules came into effect through the Province of Ontario’s Rowan’s Law, to improve concussion safety in amateur competitive sport. If you are an athlete under 26 years of age, the parent of an athlete under 18, coach, a team trainer or official, you will required to:
review any one of Ontario's official Concussion Awareness Resources before registering or serving with your sport organization (current links provided below); and
review your sport organization’s Concussion Code of Conduct (coming soon); and
confirm that you have reviewed both of these resources every year with your sport organization(s). (NOTE: this will be part of the GSC’s fall registration).
The Gloucester Skating Club would like you to take this opportunity to review the official Concussion Awareness Resources that are currently on the Government of Ontario website. Please note that at this time, only the e-booklet resources are available.
Please review Government of Ontario Concussion Awareness Resource e-booklet that suits you / your family best:
We also encourage you to review the Gloucester Skating Club’s Concussion Policy page.
It is important that if a concussion is suspected the individual MUST receive medical clearance by a physician or nurse-practitioner, preferably with experience in concussion management, in order to return to skate, train off the ice, or coach.
Please note that skaters, coaches, and parents must NOT make the return to skate/train/coach decision on their own, even if the individual's signs and symptoms appear to have stopped.
As we await further guidance from Skate Ontario regarding Rowan’s Law, we understand that it is likely that our club’s Concussion Policy will be updated to reflect the changes coming soon. The Gloucester Skating Club is making every proactive effort to ensure we are adhering to these new provincial laws while providing a safe environment for all our members.
Starting in September 2019, the Gloucester Skating Club will begin holding mandatory parent information sessions for all STARSkate/CompSkate members. Along with other important information, this presentation will include a section reviewing concussion policy, resources, and protocols.
Concussions are a serious issue - let’s take the time to educate ourselves of the signs, symptoms, and return to sport processes, so that we can all stay healthy and on the ice!