On March 6, Ontario passed new legislation, Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, as well as amendments to the Education Act. The law will take effect this fall on Sept. 28 2018, prior to the full implementation of the law, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport is requesting public input to better form and develop regulations for the legislation going forward.
This new legislation is intended to ensure better management of concussions in amateur sport and will establish mandatory requirements for:
· Annual review of concussion awareness resources that athletes, coaches, educators and parents would be required to review before registering in a sport;
· Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion; and
· A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.
All of the other parts of the Act will come into effect after the government consults with the public and impacted stakeholders to determine the specific details of future regulations. The government is interested in seeking input from multiple sector partners and the general public through consultation to help inform the development of regulations to support the legislation.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek input from the public, as well as individuals and organizations in the Ontario sport, education, health and municipal sectors. This feedback will be used to inform the development of regulations, policies and guidelines that will determine specific aspects of implementation and the responsibilities of amateur competitive sport organizations and school boards.
Player safety is a priority for the Grenadiers. The organization is proud to be leading the way by partnering with Allen Champagne, MD/PhD candidate (2023) at Queen's University, and co-founder of the Concussion Education, Safety and Awareness Program (CESAP) and Nick Goodchild as the team’s head strength and conditioning coach. In addition to his work at CESAP, Allen will monitor selected players throughout the season using video and sensors to identify opportunities to improve their technique and ultimately reduce their risk of injury, including sport-related concussions. Nick will focus on teaching functional movement patterns in order to achieve the highest performance outcomes while monitoring player performance.
The Limestone District Grenadiers Football Club encourages everyone to complete the survey to ensure the legislation best represents those benefiting from it.
You can find the survey by clicking here.