Provincial politicians are being called on to support and pass what would become the first concussion legislation in Canada.
Rowan’s Law, which still needs to pass a third reading, would see the creation of an expert advisory committee to help implement recommendations made by the coroner in Rowan Stringer’s death in 2013.
The 17 year old died after suffering head injuries during a high school rugby game.
Ensuring a child is taken out of a game if a concussion is suspected, and that child only being returned to play if medical clearance has been given were amoung the recommendations made in the report.
MPP Lisa MacLeod, who was joined by former NHLer Eric Lindros, says this is not aimed solely at young kids in sports, but pro-sports as well.
“It’s important that all players, coaches, organizations…have a role to play in ensuring that the health and well-being of their players is first and foremost. One of the things we’ve seen is groups come on side and say let’s get Rowan’s Law passed. We’ve had tremendous success with many different sporting organizations and I think it’s time the NHL understands that parents, fans and players all deserve to have a healthy respect for any game. It has to be taken seriously. We’ve seen people take their own life, deal with addictions, other mental health issues as a result. And we’ve seen people die.”
Lindros, who suffered multiple concussions during his NHL career, echoed MacLeod’s comments, saying the time for change is now.
“Timing is everything and right now we need to pass Rowan’s Law so we have consistency in protocols, treatment and awareness.”