ROWONTARIO values the long term health of all rowers. As such we have a comprehensive Concussion Management and Return to Sport Policy and associated procedures.

We have been working closely with current research and national sport and concussion related groups to ensure our policies are up to date and address concerns specific to rowing. The policy and procedures that were passed by our Board of Directors represent countless hours of staff work and consultation.

The policy addresses the four main components from Rowan’s Law:

  • Education and Awareness
  • Concussion Codes of Conduct for participants as well as leaders
  • Removal from Sport Protocols
  • Return to Sport Protocols

Our policies and procedures are being implemented for all ages and all participants recognizing the potential effects of head injuries. The health and safety of everyone involved with ROWONTARIO is of upmost importance.

Resources for Concussion Education and Awareness available from Parachute Canada:

Concussions: The Basics

Resources for Athletes

Resources for Parents

Concussion Recognition Tool

Concussion Management & Return to Play Video

ROWONTARIO Resources:

ROWONTARIO Concussion Code of Conduct – Athletes and Participants

ROWONTARIO Concussion Code of Conduct – Coaches, Umpires and Regatta Officials

ROWONTARIO Concussion Management and Return to Sport Policy and Procedures

Information for Individuals with Suspected Concussions

Under Rowan’s Law, every sport organization will need to ensure they have policies and procedures in place to address concussion management. ROWONTARIO is strongly encouraging all our member clubs to adopt ROWONTARIO Concussion Management Policy and Procedures. By having everyone adopt one policy we can ensure consistency across the province which will be key at regattas but also with training and ensuring legislative compliance for each organization.

For clubs and schools looking for more information about their own Concussion Policies and Procedures please contact Lisa Roddie, COAST Manager (lisa@rowontario.ca).