Toronto, June 7, 2016– Parachute, a national charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, is pleased with the passing of Rowan’s Law in the Ontario legislature.
Ottawa high school rugby player, Rowan Stringer was just 17 when she died from Second Impact Syndrome, the result of repeated concussions. Her untimely death prompted a coroner’s inquest, which created 49 recommendations for enhanced concussion awareness and treatment.
“The passing of Rowan’s Law is unprecedented in Ontario. We welcome the opportunity to work with others on the importance of concussion education and awareness,” says Louise Logan, President & CEO of Parachute. “By working together, we can prevent injury and save lives.”
The private member’s bill, which was introduced last fall, will implement recommendations made by the jury at the inquest into Rowan’s death, in the hopes they will prevent others from suffering the same tragic outcome.
“We learned through the Rowan Stringer inquest that some leagues had done nothing about concussions, which is frightening, given science suggests young brains are particularly vulnerable to injury. Prevention is the only cure, “ says Dr. Charles Tator, Toronto-based neurosurgeon and Parachute board member.
Rowan’s Law, which received all-party support, is a remarkable step in the way of injury prevention and we are thrilled to see this life-saving legislation implemented to improve concussion protocols in Ontario youth sports.
Louise Logan, President & CEO, Parachute
Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, Director of the Canadian Concussion Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, and Board Member, Parachute
Andrea Piunno, Parachute