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Rowans’s Law: Information for Health Care Providers regarding Concussion Protocols

To support the implementation of the removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, the Ministry of Health has developed a resource on Rowan’s Law: Information for Health Care Providers, which is available on the Government of Ontario’s Concussions webpage:

English: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-information-health-care-providers
French: https://www.ontario.ca/fr/page/la-loi-rowan-information-pour-les-prestataires-de-soins-de-sante

This Information Sheet will increase awareness among health care providers regarding Rowan’s Law, what the requirements are, and also provide resources to support their work.

Rowan’s Law came into effect in on January 1, 2022, and all health care providers who work in organized sports should be aware of this legislation.

Under the Rowan’s Law, sport organizations must comply with a number of requirements to help prevent and mitigate brain injuries such as concussions in sports. Among these provisions is the requirement for sport organizations to have removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols for its athletes.  Athletes who have sustained a concussion, or are suspected of having sustained a concussion, must be removed from further training, practice, or competition, and cannot return to full participation in amateur competitive sport until medically assessed and cleared by a physician or nurse practitioner.  

For additional information and updates regarding Rowan’s Law, please visit
http://www.ontario.ca/concussionsLink opens in a new window.