About Rowan’s Law
- Rowan Stringer was a 17 year old high school rugby player when she died from a concussion.
- A coroner’s inquest into Rowan’s death concluded with 49 recommendations across different levels of government and multiple provincial ministries for enhanced concussion awareness and treatment.
- The coroners recommendations includes: making concussion awareness mandatory in Ontario’s curriculum, the promotion of an annual Brain Day awareness campaign, and better tools for coaches and players to identify and treat concussions.
- Rowan’s Law would create an expert advisory committee to Ontario’s Premier that would advise on the implementation of the Ontario specific recommendations.
- Every jurisdiction in the United States has concussion related legislation, Ontario would be the first in Canada.
- Rowan’s Law will be introduced by the Stringer Family’s MPP Lisa MacLeod, this fall. MPP MacLeod has sought all party support through a cosponsoring initiative.
- There is presently a province-wide petition campaign to support Rowan’s Law at www.rowanslaw.ca
Compiled by MPP Lisa MacLeod
Important concussion points
- There are millions of concussions in North America each year
- The number of concussions occurring yearly is thought to be on the rise
- The majority of concussions will last only a short period of time (less than 2 weeks)
- If one returns to play before being fully recovered from a concussion it is easier to obtain another concussion and the repeat concussion is likely to be more significant.
- The brain is still vulnerable to “repeat injury” even after symptoms have resolved. Therefore it is important to follow official “Return to Play Guidelines” when attempting to return back to sport.
- If there is any concern that a child may have suffered a concussion they are to be immediately pulled from the activity and reassessed prior to returning to play.
Important concussion point by Dr. Kristian Goulet of CHEO
The Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee Act, called “Rowan’s Law,” after Rowan Stringer, an Ottawa teen who passed away in 2013 after suffering multiple concussions. A coroner’s inquest into the death resulted in 49 recommendations around head injury awareness and prevention, as well as removal-from-play and return-to-play strategies for young athletes, coaches and mentors.
Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee Act was created in consultation with the parents of Rowan Stringer, concussion experts as well as with input from MPPs from both the Liberal and NDP caucuses.
Rowan’s Law will create an advisory committee, entitled the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee. The committee is to be made up members appointed by the Minister of Children and Youth Services, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The committee will convene to review the 49 coroner’s inquest recommendations with a mandate to make recommendations into how they should be implemented with respect to head injury prevention or treatment.
The committee will be expected to return a progress report to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport one year after the committee is convened.
Coroner’s Inquest Recommendations
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