Speak up about concussions – Rowan’s Law Day is September 26

Posted September 21, 2018

Speak up about concussions – Rowan’s Law Day is September 26

On September 26, schools across the Upper Grand District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day – a day to raise awareness about concussions.

In March 2018, the Ontario government passed a law known as Rowan’s Law, named after 17-year-old Rowan Stringer. Rowan loved rugby and was the captain of her high school’s team. Tragically, in May 2013, Rowan died as the result of head injuries she sustained while playing rugby.

Rowan’s Law is the first of its kind in Canada. It will help protect people who play sports or active games in schools, and will help teachers, parents/guardians and coaches learn about preventing concussions and helping people who get concussions to recover.

Rowan’s Law is also about education. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge we can all work together to change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity and injury. The law aims to make it easier for those who experience concussions to speak up, get the help they need, and take the necessary time for recovery, with the support of everyone around them.

Rowan’s Law Day falls on the last Wednesday in September each year.

Share how you are marking Rowan’s Law Day on social media using the hashtag #RowansLawDay – talk to your children about concussion awareness and share Rowan Stringer’s story.

For more information on concussions, visit the UGDSB website at https://www.ugdsb.ca/parents/concussions/.

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