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CONCUSSIONS AND ROWAN’S LAW

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CONCUSSION POLICY AND CODE OF CONDUCT

Including Removal from Speed Skating and Return to Speed Skating Protocols – December 17, 2021

On June 18, 2019,  the regulation under Rowan’s Law was filed and certain sections of both the law and the regulation came into effect on July 1, 2019.
 

What this means for our clubs, volunteers and skaters:
 

1.  Any participant who registers with a Speed Skating Ontario Club needs to complete the following two items:

- Confirm they have read a Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resource for their age group and

- Confirm they have reviewed, and committed to, the Speed Skating Ontario Concussion Code of Conduct.

Both of these requirements will need to be confirmed on a yearly basis.
 

2.  Coaches, Instructors and Officials need to:
 

- Confirm they have read a Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resource and

- Confirm they have reviewed, and committed to, the Speed Skating Ontario Coach/Officials Concussion Code of Conduct.
 

3.  Team Trainers, which are defined as an individual who is assigned by a sport organization to respond to athletic injuries, are also required to meet the same requirements as coaches. 

 

The law very clearly states that the Concussion Awareness Resource has to be a Ministry Approved item. At this point, the Ministry has only produced the e-booklets linked below. The Ministry has indicated they are not planning to approve any other resource, training or qualifications under this legislation. As more resources become available from the Ministry, or if their position changes, Speed Skating Ontario will communicate with all our member clubs

Speed Skating Ontario Clubs must ensure all members have reviewed the appropriate Concussion Awareness Resource and have signed the Concussion Code of Conduct.

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