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Rowan's Law Day

Rowan Stringer
Rowan Stringer

In honour of the memory of Rowan Stringer, “Rowan's Law Day” is commemorated on the last Wednesday in September to raise awareness about concussions in sport. The first Rowan’s Law Day is September 26, 2018.

Rowan’s Law – (Concussion Safety), 2018

On March 7, 2018, Ontario passed Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 and related amendments to the Education Act. This new legislation, which received all-party support, is intended to protect amateur athletes by improving concussion safety on the field and at school.

Keeping Kids Safe

Reducing the risk of concussions is always the goal. But concussions happen and knowing what to do – whether you’re an athlete, a parent, a coach or a teacher – saves lives.

That’s why Ontario’s government will honour Rowan’s Stringer’s memory by launching a province-wide multimedia campaign to raise awareness about concussion safety.

This robust multimedia awareness campaign will get information about concussion safety and prevention directly in front of kids, parents, coaches, teachers and others who need it most.

Please continue to visit this page for more information.

Rowan Stringer

Rowan Stringer was a 17-year old Ottawa varsity rugby player who died from sustaining multiple concussions resulting in a catastrophic swelling of the brain – second impact syndrome.

Rowan had three head injuries within 6 days while playing rugby. She was concussed and did not know it. Her parents, teachers and coaches did not know that she was concussed. No one knew, including Rowan that her brain needed time to heal.

Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.

Celebrate Rowan’s Law Day

Please join us in remembering Rowan Stringer by promoting concussion safety through a tweet, Facebook or Instagram post.

Show your support for #RowansLawDay by sharing your stories and learning the facts about concussions and how to prevent them.

Questions you might want to ask about concussions…..

If you're:

  • An athlete and you suspect a concussion, ask your health care professional for a recovery plan that you can follow.
  • A parent/guardian, ask your child’s sport club about their concussion, prevention and management policies.
  • A coach, ask your organization about potential concussion training available to you.
  • An educator, ask your principal about your school’s return-to-sport and return-to-learn concussion policies.

Resources and Information

To support your Rowan’s Law Day event, here are some resources on concussions and concussion safety.

Share Your Stories

Share your Rowan’s Law Day stories and events through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #RowansLawDay.