Rowan's Law Passes

Joined: Tue Oct 29, 2002 11:53 pm

Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:16 pm #1

She:kon!

News that actually will impact lacrosse in Ontario:

Ontario has passed concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries, calling the law the first of its kind in the country.

The bill — named Rowan's Law in memory of 17-year-old Rowan Stringer who died from rugby injuries — passed with rare all-party support Tuesday.


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/ontario-passes ... -1.4564465

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Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:28 pm #2

It now takes the onus away from individual sports, leagues and teams to develop these protocols. As we looked at updating ours, we looked at various other sports and saw there was a big discrepancy between how they were handled.

This is great news for all sports in Ontario.
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Joined: Tue Jun 27, 2000 2:00 pm

Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:11 pm #3

She:kon!

News that actually will impact lacrosse in Ontario:

Ontario has passed concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries, calling the law the first of its kind in the country.

The bill — named Rowan's Law in memory of 17-year-old Rowan Stringer who died from rugby injuries — passed with rare all-party support Tuesday.


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/ontario-passes ... -1.4564465

Skennen

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Isn't this an issue of informing people involved in athletics about the dangers of concussion? Why make it a legal issue? If it is the right thing to do - which it is - then everyone will do it.
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Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:25 pm #4

Right now, it's up to individual sports to come up with their own protocol which includes diagnosis, removal/return from play and prevention strategies. The problem with every sport or association coming up with their own is where are they getting their information from?

You may have the best of intentions, but if your protocols are outdated or ineffective because you are misinformed or looked at a bad study or bad data, it puts the players at risk for concussions and the sport at risk legally.
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Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:47 pm #5

But why can't the Ontario government simply send out updated protocols to each sport when deemed necessary? This issue still strikes me as an information issue. By all means the government should spend what it needs to in order to get the most up to date information and then get that information to the public and individual sports.

Let's be honest, politicians are regarded as the least honest and most power hungry individuals in our society. If they are creating a law and I can't see why a law is necessary then the cynic in me is going to wonder what their ulterior motive is.
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Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:40 pm #6

She:kon!

It is an information issue, but sufficiently serious enough to require a mandatory response in order reduce injury and prevent death. The province sending out protocols is fine, but voluntary. This law attempts to set standards and reduced the unnecessary costs of concussion injury and death.

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