Rowan's Law - Concussion Protocols and Resources

About Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury. It can’t be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. It may affect the way a person thinks, feels and 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. 

Requirements for Sport Organizations

Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sport 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 rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention.

  3. Establish a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol.

Effective January 1, 2022, Rowan's Law - Concussion Safety (Phase 2), came into effect in the province of Ontario requiring all sports organizations to establish "removal from play" and "return to play" protocols for concussion management. 

Below you will find our protocols as adopted from Ontario Basketball along with resources and responsibilities for all Club athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators, including what to look for and ask, symptoms and red flags for concussions, removal from play, reporting responsibilities, and return to play protocols.  It is the responsibility of every Head Coach, or any Coach acting in that capacity, to report suspected concussions arising during any team activities as per the protocols and forms.  Further, any suspected concussion should be immediately reported to the Club's Executive Director.