‘Rowan’s Law Day’; Improving concussion safety
Sep. 27, 2019
Global Korean Post
Ontario’s government is recognizing Rowan’s Law Day by investing $105,000 to expand efforts to improve concussion safety across the province.
On September 25, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was joined by Gordon Stringer, father of Rowan Stringer, Tim Fleiszer from the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada (CLFC), and other concussion safety advocates to announce that Ontario is partnering with CLFC to support prevention, education and awareness events across the province.
The funding will support community concussion symposiums; camps to teach kids how to engage in proper body contact in soccer, hockey, football and lacrosse; and seminars on university campuses.
Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) was passed with unanimous support in the Ontario Legislature in March 2018. As part of the law, the last Wednesday in September is considered “Rowan’s Law Day” in honour of the memory of Rowan Stringer, a 17-year-old Ottawa rugby player who died in spring 2013 from a condition known as Second Impact Syndrome (catastrophic swelling of the brain).
Anthem Sports & Entertainment will match the government’s $105,000 investment with a donation, digital support and a partners’ challenge gift equal to the ministry’s contribution.
As of July 1, 2019, athletes, parents, coaches, team trainers and officials will be required to review the concussion awareness resources and their sport organization’s concussion code of conduct, where applicable.
The highest rates of concussion in Ontario are found among children and youth under the age of 18.