Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, 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 is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.
Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.
There are a number of links to documents and resources related to Rowan's Law. The E-Booklet is required to be reviewed by each player, coach, team staff member and parent each season, and the associated Acknowledgement Form must be signed.
1. Rowan's Law - Acknowledgement Form OHF Rowan's'Law Acknowledgement Form
2. Rowan's Law - E Booklet: Under 10 Years Rowan's Law- E Booklet: Under 10 Years
3. Rowan's Law - E Booklet: Age 10-14 Years Rowan's Law - E Booklet: Ages 11-14
4. Rowan's Law - E Booklet: 15 Years and Above Rowan's Law - E Booklet: 15 Years and Above
5. Poster #1 - Recognize the Signs of a Concussion Poster 1 -Recognize the Signs of a Concussion
6. Poster #2 - Hit - Stop - Sit Poster 2 Hit-Stop-Sit