Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety. New regulation and legislation in Ontario requires that Sport Organizations and their members adhere to the following:

  1. Ensure that athletes, parents of athletes under 18, coaches, and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s concussion awareness resources;
  2. Establish a removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocol; and
  3. Establish a Concussion Code of Conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention.

The new rules requiring the confirmation of review of Concussion Awareness Resources and Concussion Codes of Conduct will come into effect on July 1, 2019. To learn how this affects you, click on your role below to expand the information text box.

Starting July 1st, 2019

  • You must review the Concussion Awareness Resources and Concussion Code of Conduct when you register with Muaythai Ontario for the year. This is needed every year that you register with Muaythai Ontario.
  • The Concussion Awareness Resources and Concussion Code of Conduct will be provided to you during the registration process.

Before July 1st, 2020

  • MTO will update the existing Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport Protocols. Athletes will be notified when changes have been made.

Starting July 1, 2019

  • If you are a parent of an athlete that is aged 18 or younger, you must also review and sign off on the Concussion Awareness Resources an Concussion Code of Conduct with them during their annual Muaythai Ontario registration. This is needed every year the athlete registers with Muaythai Ontario until they turn 19 years old.
  • The Concussion Awareness Resources & the Concussion Code of Conduct will be provided to you during the registration process.

Before July 1st, 2020

  • MTO will update the existing Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport Protocols. Parents will be notified when changes have been made.
Starting July 1st, 2019
  • You must review the Concussion Awareness Resources and Concussion Code of Conduct when you register with Muaythai Ontario for the year. This is needed every year that you register with Muaythai Ontario.
  • The Concussion Awareness Resources and Concussion Code of Conduct will be provided to you during the registration process.
Starting August 30th, 2019
  • All Coaches & Officials who registered with MTO between January 1st 2019 and June 30th 2019 must review and sign off on the Concussion Awareness Resources and Concussion Code of Conduct. MTO will be releasing logistics of this update shortly.

Before July 1st, 2020

  • MTO will update the existing Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport Protocols. Coaches & Officials will be notified when changes have been made.

About Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury. It can’t be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. It may affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts.

Any blow to the head, face or neck may cause a concussion. A concussion may also be caused by a blow to the body if the force of the blow causes the brain to move around inside the skull. A concussion can happen to anyone – anywhere – including:

  • At home, school or your workplace
  • Following a car, bike or pedestrian accident
  • From participating in games, sports or other physical activity

A concussion is a serious injury. While the effects are typically short-term, a concussion can lead to long-lasting symptoms and even long-term effects.

There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion to look out for, including:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Light sensitivity
  • Drowsiness
  • Depression

If you notice signs of a concussion in others, or experience any of these symptoms yourself, consult with a physician or nurse practitioner.