What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

Download Concussion: The Basics for information, including signs and symptoms of concussions.

If you, your child, or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a concussion, it is important to see a health care provider.

Rowan’s Law

Rowan Stringer was a 17 year-old rugby player who died from sustaining multiple concussions. Rowan’s Law was passed in 2018 and makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention.

Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:

  • Ensure athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, coaches, team trainers, and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources
  • Establish a Concussion Code of Conduct to support concussion prevention
  • Establish Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocols (comes into effect July 2020)

More information can be found about concussions on the following websites: