Rowan’s Regulation Day an vital reminder about younger athletes and concussions


A heartbreaking tragedy – the 2013 loss of life of 17-year-old rugby participant Rowan Stringer from a sequence of concussions – is creating optimistic change.

Rowan’s Regulation, first launched as a personal members invoice by Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod (the province’s Minister of Tourism, Tradition and Sport) might be saving lives with its heightened concussion protocols. On Sept. 25, Rowan’s Regulation Day might be commemorated in Ottawa with a day stuffed with occasions.

“I by no means wish to lose sight of why we’ve Rowan’s Regulation and Rowan’s Regulation Day,” stated MacLeod. “We’ll have some fairly good bulletins that won’t solely commemorate Rowan’s legacy, but in addition sooner or later actually help younger beginner athletes. We would like Ontario athletes to be the most secure on the planet. Once we host the Canada Video games in 2021, each single jurisdiction on this nation – after they come to play on our fields, on our rugby pitches, in our swimming pools – they’ll have to stick to Rowan’s Regulation.”

Rowan, a captain of the John McCrae Secondary College women rugby workforce, died from Second Influence Syndrome (swelling of the mind brought on by a subsequent damage that occurred earlier than a earlier damage healed) Could 12 — Mom’s Day — 4 days after a recreation. It’s believed she had three concussions over six days. Her dad and mom — Gord and Kathleen – determined the day after Rowan’s loss of life they might go public with the story to assist forestall comparable deaths. An inquest into Rowan’s loss of life delivered 49 suggestions centred on retaining gamers from returning to motion too quickly after a concussion.

“This was a younger lady along with her entire life forward of her,” stated MacLeod. “We didn’t know sufficient about concussions to intervene and save her life. I was a hockey coach, I’m out on the ice as an assistant coach with my daughter’s workforce now. One of many issues I hear most is when a toddler hits their head after they’re enjoying hockey. I fear about it each single day as a result of I do know what the potential might be if it’s not handled correctly. I’ve needed to have these conversations with dad and mom who needed to play that further recreation. (Hockey Corridor of Famer) Eric (Lindros) says it greatest, ‘Each baby who goes out – whether or not they’re enjoying ringette or no matter – that recreation is the Stanley Cup to them.’ They wish to play and their dad and mom need them to play. I’ve really needed to say to folks after they needed their baby to play, ‘Do I have to name Gordon Stringer as much as inform you what the impression might be?’ They misplaced their daughter they usually’ve had the braveness to inform that story so it received’t occur to a different household. That’s an incredible reward the Stringer household has given not solely to us within the Ottawa group, however actually internationally – this laws is understood all over the world.”

Rowan’s Regulation Day, on Wednesday, will start at eight:30 a.m., appropriately at Rowan’s Pitch – the rugby area at Ken Ross Park in Barrhaven. There might be a authorities announcement. Readily available might be MacLeod, Gord Stringer, four-time Gray Cup champ Tim Fleiszer (govt director of Concussion Legacy Basis Canada), representatives from the Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Membership (Rowan’s residence membership) and a few athletes.

Then, it will likely be off to Metropolis Corridor, the place Mayor Jim Watson will proclaim it Rowan’s Regulation Day.

Within the afternoon, Ottawa Catholic College board trustee and minor hockey coach Spencer Warren might be with a panel of athletes (Lindros might be a particular visitor) into one of many colleges in Barrhaven.

The spotlight might be a night-time occasion. At 6:30, at TD Place’s Otto’s Membership (enter by Gate 6, south facet), there might be free symposium with a dialogue on the impression of concussions in sport. Area is proscribed – you possibly can register at RowansSymposium.eventbrite.com. On one dialogue panel might be MacLeod, Lindros and Gord Stringer (moderated by Fleiszer). The athletes panel will embrace Andy Fantuz (Gray Cup champion in 2007), Kalley Armstrong (former captain of the NCAA’s Harvard ladies’s hockey workforce) and Ottawa Redblacks defensive lineman Ettore Lattanzio. It is going to be moderated by former NHLer/Sportsnet analyst Nick Kypreos.

The actual fact the occasion is at TD Place isn’t misplaced on MacLeod.

“No skilled soccer workforce or no OHL workforce has come out as strongly on concussion consciousness because the Redblacks and 67’s so I’m actually excited in regards to the partnership with the OSEG group,” she stated. “I believe it’ll be an excellent day which can reside as much as Rowan’s legacy and can get athletes, coaches, trainers and oldsters concerned. We’re encouraging the general public, in the event that they’re , to return to the panel.

“We’re letting folks know that out of tragedy, you may make change. Even when it’s an thought regionally, you possibly can really make broad attain – change lives and even save them. We’re making a distinction – irrespective of the place you go, whether or not it’s the Nepean Sportsplex or the Canadian Sport Institute the place they’re coaching Olympic athletes – you’re going to see notification about Rowan’s Regulation. It began at a grassroots degree, we took it to the province, now it’s again on the grassroots degree – the place we’re getting any coach, any coach, any participant, any guardian to acknowledge signs of a concussion and when to take the kid out of play.”


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