Rowan’s Law – Concussion Awareness
Rowan Stringer was just 17 when she died in the spring of 2013, on Mother’s Day, after suffering what proved to be a fatal concussion during a high school rugby game in Ottawa. It was her second concussion within a week.
The London Ice Dawgs Youth Hockey Club is committed to promoting a safe environment that encourages fair play, respect and sportsmanship. We recognize the increasing focus and awareness of concussions and the potential for their long term effects. To ensure compliance with Rowan’s Law, the London Ice Dawgs have implemented a new Concussion Policy including a ‘Removal from Sport’ and ‘Return to Sport’ Protocol.
Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan’s Law 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations to;
1- 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
2- Establish a Concussion Code of Conduct that sets out the rules of behavior to support concussion prevention
3- Establish a ‘Removal from Sport’ and ‘Return to Sport’ protocol
A concussion is a brain injury. It can’t be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRI’s. It can effect the way a person thinks, feels or acts.
Any blow to the head, face or neck may cause a concussion. A concussion may also be caused by a blow to the body if the force of the blow causes the brain to move around inside the skull.
A concussion can happen to anyone – anywhere- including;
A concussion is a serious injury. While the effects are typically short-term, a concussion can lead to long lasting symptoms and even long-term effects.
- At home, work or school
- Following a car, bike or pedestrian accident
- From participating in games, sports or other physical activity
Signs and Symptoms
There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion to look out for including:
You can get a concussion even if you don’t black out or lose consciousness. If you notice signs of a concussion in others or experience any of these symptoms yourself, consult with a physician right away.
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory loss
- Light sensitivity
Red flags include:
“Red flags” may mean the person has a more serious injury.
Treat red flags as an emergency and call 911.
- Neck pain or tenderness
- Double vision
- Weakness or tingling in arms or legs
- Severe or increasing headache
- Seizure or convulsion
- Loss of consciousness (knocked out)
- Vomiting more than once
- Increasingly restless, agitated or aggressive
- Getting more and more confused
Time to Heal
It is important to take time and heal if you have a concussion. Always follow your physician’s advice and adhere to the Return to Sport protocol.
London Ice Dawgs Concussion Policy
London Ice Dawgs Removal / Return to sport form
Concussion Recognition Tool 5©