Ontario has passed concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries, calling the law the first of its kind in the country.
The bill — named Rowan’s Law in memory of 17-year-old Rowan Stringer who died from rugby injuries.
The law establishes removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols for players to ensure they are taken out of a game if they are suspected of having a concussion. Coaches and teachers will also be required to review online resources that help them identify and manage concussions in players.
The bill also includes a concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sports.