SOURCE: Holland Bloorview

Holland Bloorview

April 26, 2016 07:13 ET

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Endorses Rowan's Law

First-in-Canada Legislation Critical to Advance Awareness and Concussion Care in Children and Youth

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 26, 2016) - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to endorse and encourage provincial adoption of Rowan's Law which would mark a significant milestone as the first concussion-related legislation in Canada.

Rowan's Law, a private members' bill named after Rowan Stringer, an Ottawa teen who passed away in 2013 after suffering multiple concussions, is focused on driving awareness and education in managing concussions in children and youth. A coroner's inquest into Stringer's death resulted in 49 recommendations around head injury awareness and prevention, as well as removal-from-play and return-to-play strategies for young athletes, coaches and mentors.

"Children and youth who return to activity, including school, sports or daily life, too soon and without proper management strategies in place can experience delayed recovery, impaired performance and significant consequences to health and well-being," says Dr. Nick Reed, co-director of Holland Bloorview's concussion centre and clinician scientist in Holland Bloorview's research institute. "We need Rowan's Law to pave the way for a cohesive and aligned system of concussion education and care."

"We encourage the province to pass Rowan's Law as soon as possible," says Holland Bloorview president and CEO Julia Hanigsberg. "In doing so, we'll be able to marshal expert resources and create evidence-based guidelines that will help parents and their kids mitigate the risks associated with concussion."

Holland Bloorview's concussion centre is one of the first in the world dedicated exclusively to pediatric concussion, and is a strong advocate for the proper identification, assessment and management of childhood and youth concussion. The centre focuses on three key pillars: education, research, and clinical services. In the past 18 months, the centre has provided baseline testing, Concussion & You education and clinical care to over 2,200 youth. The centre also works closely with sport- and school- communities to educate thousands of youth, parents, teachers, coaches and medical professionals across the province on concussion management and recovery.

To learn more about the Concussion Centre at Holland Bloorview, please visit:

http://hollandbloorview.ca/concussion

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. We pioneer treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life. The Concussion Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the first in the world dedicated exclusively to pediatric concussion. The centre includes clinicians specifically trained in pediatric brain injury and researchers who are leading experts in the field of youth concussion care, research, and education. The Concussion Centre is focused on getting kids back to doing what they need, want and love to do after sustaining a concussion.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Michelle Stegnar
    Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
    T: 416-425-6220 ext.3497
    E: mstegnar@hollandbloorview.ca