Row Ontario values the long term health of all rowers. As such we have a comprehensive Concussion Management and Return to Sport Policy and associated procedures.
Our Role in Concussion Management
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 Row Ontario is of utmost importance.
REQUIRED – Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resources (Review of one of the below options in required annually):MTCS Concussion Awareness Resources – 10 & Under MTCS Concussion Awareness Resources – 11-14 MTCS Concussion Awareness Resources – 15 & Up Concussion Awareness for Ages 15 & Up (Video) – 15 & Up Concussion Awareness Resource – E-Module – 15 & Up
REQUIRED – Row Ontario Concussion Codes of Conduct:Athletes & Participants Coaches
Row Ontario Concussion Resources:Concussion Recognition Tool 5 Handout for Individuals Removed from Sport Concussion Management Policy
Under Rowan’s Law, every sport organization will need to ensure they have policies and procedures in place to address concussion management. Row Ontario is strongly encouraging all our member clubs to adopt Row Ontario 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.