Rowan’s Law

Rowan’s Law: Concussion Awareness

Rowan’s Law is just one of the any ways in which the provincial government is committed to making sports safer in Ontario. 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 incurred 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.

All athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, coaches and officials must confirm every year that they have reviewed Rowan’s Law: Concussion Awareness Resources.

Please go to Rowan’s Law [​] for more information and for Rowan’s law e-booklet for Ages 11 to 14 as well as older players up to 26 years of age.

The Government of Ontario Concussion Awareness Resource E-Booklet

This e-booklet will help you learn more about concussions so you can keep yourself and others active and safe – whether you’re an athlete, student, parent, coach, official or educator. You can download and print a copy for reference.

Parents/Guardians of players under the age of 18 and players 18 yrs of age and over are required to sign the Rowan’s Law Acknowledgement Form on a yearly basis. Coaches and officials are also required to sign this form.

This form will be available for downloading from our website in the future. In the meantime, we will contact everyone who already submitted a registration to sign this form.