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Rowan’s Law Day is September 29

At UCC, concussion awareness and safety is a priority. UCC is vigilant in the assessment, treatment and prevention of concussions and is compliant with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education policy, including Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018. To be consistent with Rowan’s Law, UCC is required to establish Codes of Conduct for all individuals participating in inter-school sports, including students, parents, coaches and trainers.

Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a Canadian high school rugby player who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.

By increasing concussion and head injury awareness and knowledge, we can change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity and injury. Rowan’s Law will make it easier for those who experience concussions to SPEAK UP, get the help they need, and take the time necessary for recovery, with the support of everyone around them.The intent is to make sport safe for players at risk for concussion and head injury.

It takes a community! Student Health Services works with parents, coaching and athletics staff, the Wernham West Centre for Learning, faculty and players to ensure concussions are handled in a timely and safe way, in keeping with Rowan’s Law and the spirit of smart play.

UCC is celebrating Rowan’s Law Day on September 29, 2021. Awareness-raising events and educational activities are planned over September and October at both the Prep and the Upper School.

Thank you for your support and participation in keeping our players safe!