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Concussion Protocols

ROWAN’S LAW (CONCUSSION SAFETY)

Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:

  1. ensure that athletes under 26 years of age,* parents of athletes under 18, coaches, team trainers and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources
  2. establish a Concussion Code of Conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention; and 
  3. establish a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol

The new rules requiring the review of Concussion Awareness Resources and Concussion Codes of Conduct came into effect on July 1, 2019. https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-safety

Starting in 2024, every coach, manager, and support personnel on a NMSA Team must now review and sign the Concussion Code of Conduct form.   In addition, every director on the Affiliation/League affiliation form must do the same. 

Please click the PDF link below for Pre-Season Education review information. 

Starting in our 2024 Youth Registration, Athletes / Parents or Guardians of players under 18yrs will acknowledge their annual review of the GKSA Concussion Protocols in accordance with Rowan's Law established by the Province of Ontario.

Concussion Awareness for Ages 10 and Under

This video will help you learn more about concussions so you can keep yourself and others active and safe – whether you’re an athlete, student, parent, coach, official or educator.

Concussion Awareness for Ages 11-14

This video will help you learn more about concussions (ages 11 to 14) so you can keep yourself and others active and safe – whether you’re an athlete, student, parent, coach, official or educator.

Concussion Awareness for Ages 15 and Up

This video will help you learn more about concussions (ages 15 and up) so you can keep yourself and others active and safe – whether you’re an athlete, student, parent, coach, official or educator.