Concussion Policy

*FOR ATHLETES 26 YEARS AND YOUNGER AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF ATHLETES UNDER 18 YEARS.*

Please review all information below and choose the appropriate link at the bottom.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury. It may affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts. It can’t be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs.

Any blow to the head, face or neck may cause a concussion. A concussion may also be caused by a blow to the body if the force of the blow causes the brain to move around inside the skull.

A concussion can happen to anyone – anywhere – including:

  • at home, school or in the workplace
  • as a result of a car, bike or pedestrian accident
  • from participating in games, sports or other physical activity

A concussion is a serious injury. While the effects are typically short-term, a concussion can lead to long-lasting symptoms and even long-term effects.

There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion to watch for, including:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • ringing in the ears
  • memory loss 
  • nausea
  • light sensitivity
  • drowsiness
  • depression

If you notice signs of a concussion in others, or experience any of these symptoms yourself, consult with a physician or nurse practitioner.


What is Rowan’s Law?

Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 aims to protect amateur competitive athletes by reducing their risk of getting a concussion. It focuses on improving concussion safety and awareness, both on the field and at school.

Organizers, athletes and family members should learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and know what to do when a concussion happens. It could save a life.

All participants of the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival under the age of 26 must read the Concussion Awareness Resource pertinent to their age group (linked below) and sign a waiver and release of liability at registration stating that the document has been read. For participants under the age of 18, both the parent/guardian and participant must read the document and sign the waiver and release of liability at registration.


Click on the link that applies to your age for the required reading.


In Ontario, Bill 193 enacts Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018. A sport organization must not register an individual who is under the prescribed age in a sports activity unless the individual confirms that they have reviewed the concussion awareness resources approved by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


Reference:

The above information and additional resources can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.