April 3, 2018
Concussion and Rowan’s Law!
On March 6, 2017, Ontario passed Rowan’s Law.
Rowan Stringer was a seventeen year old Rugby player in Ottawa, who passed away after receiving concussive injuries during practice and play, on her High School’s Rugby team.
Rowan’s father, Gordon Stringer, took it upon himself to challenge the Ontario Government to create Legislation to protect the Youth of Ontario. This recently became law, and is now referred to as “Rowan’s Law“.
Across the country, Ontario is the first Province to pass Concussion related Legislation. Canada is playing “catch-up” with the United States, where concussion-related Legislation has been enacted in every State.
In May 2009, Washington State enacted the Zackery Lystedt Law, becoming the first state in the USA to enact a comprehensive youth sports concussion safety law. Rowan’s Law follows the guidelines in that law.
The highlights of the requirements specified in Rowan’s Law include:
- A sport organization must not register an individual who is under the prescribed age in a sports activity unless the individual confirms that they have reviewed the concussion awareness resources approved by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.The regulations may provide for other circumstances where a sport organization must require individuals to confirm that they have reviewed the resources.
For individuals under 18 years of age or such other prescribed age, the parent or guardian of the individual must also confirm that they have reviewed the resources.
Individuals who serve as a coach or in other prescribed positions for a sport organization must also confirm that they have reviewed the resources.
- A sport organization must establish a concussion code of conduct. Similar to the rules described above, various individuals must confirm that they have reviewed a sport organization’s concussion code of conduct.
- A sport organization must establish a removal-from-sport protocol for athletes who are suspected of having sustained a concussion.The protocol must, among other things, establish a specific process to implement the immediate removal of an athlete and must designate persons who are responsible for ensuring the removal of the athlete and ensuring that they do not return to training, practice or competition, except in accordance with the sport organization’s return-to-sport protocol.
- A sport organization is required to establish a return-to-sport protocol that applies with respect to athletes who have sustained a concussion or are suspected of having sustained a concussion. The protocol must, among other things, establish a specific process to implement the return of an athlete to training, practice or competition and must designate persons who are responsible for ensuring that an athlete does not return until permitted to do so in accordance with the protocol.
- The Act proclaims the last Wednesday in September as Rowan’s Law Day.
Rowans Law goes a long way to improving the reporting, treatment and management of an incident, but does it go far enough?
Should the law not dictate, that a wearable Brain Impact Monitor like the new technology from SportFitz (a wearable concussion monitoring system – www.sportfitz.com), to detect events that may cause concussion and sub-concussive injuries (these are small injuries that may not show traditional symptoms, but are injuries none-the-less) be mandated!
“Athletes aware of concussions, but still refuse to report!”
McGill University study / CTV Montreal
Published Friday, January 5, 2018,
C S G: How do you define stupid! Just read this article!
Canadian Football players are equal to NOTHING!
Most if not all will never play in the major leagues?
Most aren’t equivalent to a Triple “A”baseball or hockey players who play in the American Hockey League!
They have no future, are basically bums holding onto a dream, that will never materialize, and the majority will be left as invalids!
McGill, one of Canada’s foremost Universities has found some answers but NO ONE is listening!
It is already a well known fact that 80% of all high school contact sports athletes will sustain a brain injury (concussion), before graduating high school!
It is also a known fact that thousands of N F L Football players have settled for $1 Billion to-pay for the brain injuries they will and have sustained in their careers!
It is also a well documented fact that the Doctor Bennett Omalu, who discovered C T E, (a degenerative brain disease) in the brain of Pittsburgh Steelers, All Star, Mike Webster, has made it clear, NO CHILD, should play any contact sport until, at least the age of19.
So why aren’t these dregs of society concerned about their health, but more importantly the well-being of the children, “who look-up to them?”
It is all about the MONEY!
Until you, the parent stop going, or watching these fiascos, it will continue!
The only way it will end is for you to join C S G in our fight to reach more parents and chid, youth and high school contact sports administrators in ending this slaughter of our children in these insignificant activities!
Will you join us?
A new study conducted by the McGill University Health Centre finds athletes today are much more aware of the dangers of concussions – but most are still playing through a suspected brain injury.
The researchers examined Canadian Football League players during the 2015-2016 season.
Their findings revealed that about a quarter of those players strongly believed they had suffered a concussion, but 80 per cent of them chose not to seek medical attention.
Only 20 per cent diligently reported the concussion to the medical staff on their team when it happened and only 6 per cent sought out medical attention after the game.
Researchers found athletes are more knowledgeable about the symptoms, the dangers, and treatment for concussions, but tend to disregard that information when they get injured.
Dr. J. Scott Delaney of the McGill Sport Medicine Clinic co-authored the study, which was published in this month’s Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.
He believes fear of letting the team down and thinking the injury wasn’t serious enough to be a danger to their health are key reasons for under-reporting.
Delaney said a similar study with university athletes produced the same results.
“This is not a problem isolated to CFL players, as we have seen almost identical behavior in male and female university athletes.
What we have to figure out now is how we get athletes to change their behavior when routine concussion education may not be enough,” he said.
Trenton Miller, the former quarterback for the Concordia Stingers, suffered a concussion last year while playing against Laval University.
It was the seventh concussion of his career.
“Concussions are not like a broken arm, where you can just know what it is,” he said. “There’s a lot of reasons why people don’t report it.”
Delaney said it’s important for athletes to know that they are much more at risk for a potentially much more damaging second or third concussion if they play through the first one.
“We try to make the athletes understand that we know perhaps you’re not happy you’ve had a concussion and we’re going to pull you out of the game, but we’re doing that for your own health,” he said.
“It’s better to treat this concussion now, because this will probably take less time than if you continue to play and hide your symptoms and suffer another concussion, because that other concussion could take much longer, and keep you out of sports and participation even longer.”
Athletes, coaches and medical staff at McGill now sign a ‘concussion contract’ that includes information about concussions in the hopes that everyone will be more forthcoming about injuries and eliminate the stigma.