Rowan's Law Introduced in Ontario

There is exciting news coming out of Ontario today (11/25). Rowan's Law has been introduced to implement the recommendations from an inquest for Rowan Stringer. She was a 17 year-old rugby player who sustained multiple concussions in a few days, and died from second impact syndrome (SIS). For more information about the law, see Rowan's Law.

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Support Options

It's Ok to need help or assistance if you're dealing with a recovery or are a caregiver. It's common for concussees to feel alone, or that they're the only one dealing with such a situation. That's not the case. You're not alone.

I've pulled together many resources for help, both online and in-person. Here's a link to the comprehensive spreadsheet:

AllConcussion Big List of concussion support resources
The Big List: - Support Groups, Online Forums, and 24/7 Help Lines


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National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255If you feel that you need assistance right now, please visit this website or call this number:


Concussion Symptoms

Important: A concussion can change in the first several days. Even if you've been cleared by a doctor or an emergency room, symptoms could change or worsen. If you have several concussions within a few days or a week or two, it could result in second impact syndrome (SIS), which could be fatal. If you have any questions or are wondering if you should call a doctor or go to the emergency room, review the information on the CDC site to help make that determination. If you are a teen and are wondering what to do, tell someone: a parent, caregiver, family member, friend, coach, teacher or someone else. CDC link: CDC: Concussion Danger Signs.

- Posted in memory of Rowan Stringer

Diffuse Axonal Injury


NPR: Concussions Can Be More Likely in Practices than in Games

Domestic Violence and Assault

Assaults can result in a concussion or TBI. If you receive such an injury, please seek medical assistance. Remember that a concussion can change over a period of several days. So even if you're Ok in the first 24 hours, it might not be the case over the next 48 hours. Symptoms could worsen. For information about what to look for and when to seek medical assistance, see the CDC information about concussion signs, symptoms, and when to seek medical assistance.

Helplines and Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community