Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.
Rowan’s Law was established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.
In Ontario, the last Wednesday of each September has been designated as Rowan’s Law Day to help raise awareness about concussion safety.
Cruisers Sports is fully committed to the health and safety of its members. No athlete is more important than any other, and as such, concussions saftey is so much more than a legal obligation. At first sight of concussion signs, a coach will pause activity immediatly, and pull the athlete to the side to undergo a concussion assessment. If the athlete shows multiple symptoms evident of a concussion, the athlete will be pulled from all aspect of Sport until they recieve medical clearance to participate.
For more information on our Concussion Code of Conduct, our Removal from Sport or Return to Sport protocols, please view the resources below, or talk with your Sport Director, or our Safe Sport Co-ordinator.
These age-specific resources from the province need to be reviewed at, or before, registration. If you are under 26 at the time of registration, this is required EVERY YEAR. Parents/guardians, please review them with your youth and make sure they fully understand them. You are required to read or watch one of the resources for your age group -- pick which best suits your learning style.
The Rowan’s Law Concussion Code of Conduct requirements came into effect on July 1, 2019. After that date, sport organizations must require that athletes under 26 years of age, as well as their parent (for athletes under 18), coaches and team trainers confirm that they have reviewed the sport organization’s Concussion Code of Conduct every year before:
Please view the appropriate Codes below.
Note: the Coaches & Trainers Code applies to all other support staff that participate on game day, practices, etc. Talk to your Sport Director if you are not sure.
These will come into force on January 1, 2021. Cruisers Sports is currently working to put them in place ahead of this deadline.