Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety)

Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 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 our rules and behaviour to support concussion prevention.
  3. Establish a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol.

 

Ontario Government Rowan's Law Links

 

iPlayHockey Concussion Code of Conduct


Additional Concussion Awareness Resources

 

Concussion – Parachute (parachute canada.org)
Parachute has become Canada’s leader in injury prevention focused on three key areas where people are unintentionally injured: in the home, at play, and on the move. They educate and advocate for preventing serious injury in our homes, in sports and recreation and on our roads.

Check out the 'Check for Concussion’ PSA video here.

Parachute Canada has an entire section discussing the prevention, recognition, and response to a concussion. The site includes various resources including:

  • Guides to help you understand more about how to recognize and manage concussions.
  • Strategies to help you understand how to safely return to activities after a concussion.
  • Programs: Brain Waves and Smart Hockey
  • Professional Resources

The Parachute Smart Hockey program is designed to keep hockey players safe and prevent brain injuries on the ice. It guides teams through important concussion information, helps them integrate concussion tools and resources and supports hockey communities to prevent, recognize and manage concussions. Click here for the entire Smart Hockey kit with all resources for coaches, players and parents included.

 

Concussion Awareness | Hockey Canada
The Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness app is a great tool for parents, coaches, trainers, players, administrators and anyone interested in learning about the prevention, recognition and response to concussion injury, including responsible return-to-play protocol.

The Hockey Canada Concussion Toolbox includes various resources and information for all players, parents, coaches, safety people, trainers, officials and administrators to ensure a safe and fun environment for all of its players.

The Toolbox includes:

  • Updated Hockey Canada Concussion Policy
  • Berlin Consensus statement on concussion in sport
  • Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT5) AND THE Sports Concussion Assessment Tool(SCAT5)
  • Hockey Canada Concussion Card
  • Hockey Canada Emergency Action Plan
  • Hockey Canada Concussion Resource Webpage

 

Concussion 101
An Active & Safe Program Resource released by Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. The document contains basic information about concussions to help you lead a conversation within your club or with your team.

 

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool
The Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool™ (Pocket CRT), developed by the Zurich Concussion Consensus Group, acts as a reminder of the signs and symptoms of concussion.

Download the Pocket CRT as a printable Adobe PDF file.

 

Complete Concussion Management
Complete Concussion Management acts as an extension of existing healthcare teams and medical doctors. From pre-injury multimodal baseline testing to treatment and rehabilitation, recognized clinics and trained practitioners offer accessible and timely care to support those impacted by concussions.

Resources Include:

Click here to find Concussion Clinics Near Me.

 

HeadCheck Manager | Concussion Management for Amateur Sports (headcheckhealth.com)
An easy-to-use app helps guide non-medical staff through complex concussion protocols
and injury reports without having to rely on outdated, paper-based methods.

Click here to watch ‘Improve Player Safety with HeadCheck Health’

 

CATT Online – Concussion Awareness Training Tool
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is a series of online educational modules
and resources addressing concussion recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and
management
. Good concussion management may decrease the risk of brain damage and
potentially reduce long-term health issues.

 

2019 NHL/NHLPA concussion education video fact sheet
A 13-minute video produced by NHL Studios in conjunction with the National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association created to help players, parents, coaches and team medical staff at all levels of hockey recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion and better understand how to proceed when a player is suspected to have suffered a concussion.

 

PODCAST | WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT OUT
Shannon Bauman, member of the Parachute Canada Expert Advisory Committee, and partnering with the Federal Government, discusses the National Concussion Strategy, educating listeners on concussions and improving the culture of resistance to reporting a concussion by athletes at the college level.

 

Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series | Coach
NCCP modules will help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your participants. You will need a Locker account and NCCP number to access these modules. If you have never taken an NCCP course and need a NCCP number, you can create a free account in the Locker. You should expect to spend 60-90 minutes completing a module.
Each completed module will be recorded on your coaching transcript and may contribute to your maintenance of certification.

 

DocMikeEvans:
DocMikeEvans channel is a "Med School for the Public". His content includes visual lectures that are high quality but also highly engaging.

Watch the videos below to learn the basics you need to know to make sure you take care of your brain as much as you take care of the rest of your body.