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.
Concussion Recognition Tool Card 5
Rowan’s Law Information and the OWHA
The OWHA supports the Government of Ontario in improving concussion safety to create a world class amateur sport system where athletes can participate safely. Under Rowan's Law, OWHA participants, parents and guardians of athletes who are under 18 years of age, coaches, trainers, officials, bench staff and all named-insured individuals MUST review the OWHA Concussion Awareness Resource annually and make an annual commitment and acknowledgement at the time of registration with the OWHA.
Below are links to OWHA documents that provide more details regarding Rowan’s Law and the acknowledgement form that must be completed each season.
OWHA Rowan's Law Concussion Awareness Resource - this must be reviewed by all parents and team staff
OWHA Rowan s Law Concussion Code of Conduct- this must be reviewed by all team staff