If it's anything that Will Smith's Concussion move taught us, is that a hit to the head isn't anything to joke around about. The real doctor referenced in the movie, Dr. Bennet Omalu found a link between repeated concussions and long term neurological damage that could cause Alzheimer's like symptoms. 

In light of how dangerous concussion can be, the Ontario government has created new laws around safety in order to protect our young athletes. 

Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2017 put in to place pleasures such as: 

  • Yearly review of concussion awareness resources that prevents, identifies and manages concussions that coaches and educators would be required to review before registering in a sport

  • Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from the sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion, giving them the time needed to heal properly

  • A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.

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The law is named after a 17-year-old rugby player Rowan Stringer, who unfortunately died from sustaining multiple concussions.

In Ontario, 22% of students reported being knocked out or admitted to hospital due to a head injury in their lifetime. In Canada, among children and youth who visit an emergency department for a sports-related head injury, 39% were diagnosed with concussions, while a further 24% were possible concussions. 

The plan is for this new law to make amateur sport safer in Ontario, and set the tone for spots safety in the country. 

Source: Ontario Newsroom

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