Ontario passes concussion safety law

Ontario has passed concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries.

The bill, called Rowan's Law for a 17-year-old girl who died from rugby injuries, passed with all-party support today.

It establishes removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols for players to ensure they are taken out of a game if they are suspected of having a concussion.

Under the law, coaches and teachers will also be required to review online resources that help them identify and manage concussions in players.

The bill also includes a concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sports.

The legislation was created following a coroner's inquest into Rowan Stringer's 2013 death, adopting its recommendations and the work of a legislative advisory committee on concussion management and prevention.