Concussion Information (Whitby Girls Hockey Association)

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In May 2013, 17 year old Rowan Stringer died as a result of a head injury she sustained while playing rugby with her high school team. In the week prior to her final game, Rowan had been hit twice, and likely sustained a concussion each time. These concussions were not recognized, and she continued to play. When she was hit again in her last game, she suffered what is known as Second Impact Syndrome – catastrophic swelling of the brain caused by a second injury that occurs before a previous injury has healed. Rowan collapsed on the field and died four days later in hospital. A coroner’s inquest was convened in 2015 to look into the circumstances of Rowan’s death. The coroner’s jury made 49 recommendations for how the federal government, as well as Ontario’s government ministries, school boards and sports organizations, should improve the manner in which concussions are managed in this province. 

Ontario Women's Hockey Association Requirements

Effective immediately - All OWHA players, as well as their parents/guardians (for players under 18), coaches, trainers and other rostered individuals MUST review the OWHA Concussion Awareness Resource annually.

Rowans Law Document (complete document for download)

The complete document is provided below in sections for ease of reference. 

OWHA Concussion Awareness Resource  - Background

OWHA Concussion Code of Conduct

Hockey Canada Concussion Card and Return to Play 

Appendix A - Ages 15 and Up 

Appendix B - Ages 11 to 14

Appendix C - Ages 10 and under 

Rowan's Law Acknowledgment form (to be printed and signed and provided to the WGHA)