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Next Steps in Rowan's Law To Be Discussed at Upcoming Ontario Coaches Summit Series

By Ontario Volleyball Association, 01/16/23, 3:30PM EST


From the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport:

As of January 1, 2022, all regulations related to Rowan's Law (Concussion safety) 2018, came into full effect.  As part of the next Ontario Coaches Summit Series, virtually on January 21 at 11:15 a.m. or 1:00, p.m. join top experts from the concussion community to discuss what's next in Rowan's Law and serving as the Designated Person.

Session: ‘Being the Designated Person Under Rowan's Law - Now What?’

Speaker Preview:

Dr. Dan Cass | Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Rashan Edwards | Occupational Therapist & Team Lead at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Concussion Centre.
Stephanie Cowle |  Director of Knowledge Translation at Parachute Canada.
Michelle Kropp | Sport Lawyer at Sport Law & Strategy Group.

This is a FREE session as part of OCSS, hosted by Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO).  

Click here for a full Summit preview.

Rowan's Law in 2023

Established in January 2022, the following Rowan's Law mandates continue:

  1. Establishment of Removal-From-Sport and Return-to-Sport Protocols.  A sample protocol template is available at
  2. Identify a designated person(s) as having specific responsibilities under the Removal/Return-to-Sport protocols. 
  3. Make their protocols available to designated person(s), and any athlete (and their parent if the athlete is under 18 years of age) who has been removed from training, practice or competition due to a suspected concussion.
  4. Each sport organization shall create a retention policy for personal information if one does not exist.
Removal from Sport Protocol
  • Designated person(s) to immediately remove the athlete from further training, practice or competition.
  • Designated person(s) to call 9-1-1 if in their opinion, doing so is necessary.
  • If the athlete under 18, designated person(s) to inform parent or guardian about the removal. Designated person(s) to advise the athlete, or the parent or guardian, that the athlete is required to undergo a medical assessment (by a physician or nurse practitioner) before returning.
  • Designated person(s) to provide the athlete or, if the athlete is under 18, the athlete’s parent or guardian with Removal-from and Return-to-Sport protocols.
  • Sport organization to make and keep a record of incidences where an athlete is removed.
  • Once removed, the athlete is not permitted to return to training, practice or competition, until medically cleared to do so in accordance with the Return-to-Sport protocol.

The full Phase II Rowan's Law document can be found here.