Return to Play Protocol

*any NDMHA player displaying signs and/or symptoms of CONCUSSION or SIGNIFICANT INJURY
will follow Hockey Eastern Ontario
RETURN to PLAY Protocols*

Rowan’s LAW

“Learn about the Concussion Awareness Resources that amateur athletes, parents, coaches, team trainers and officials are required to review.” Follow this link for required information and resources.


All Team Members, Current Registrants, and New Registrants must review and complete the following:

1. PRIOR to ON-ICE Participation Concussion Awareness Resource; ROWAN’S LAW Training Booklet, (please select only the booklet/s that apply to you/r player/s).
Resources are available for download here:

  Rowans Law Booklet U10

  Rowans Law Booklet 11 thru 14

  Rowans Law Booklet ages 15+

2. PRIOR to ON-ICE ParticipationHEO Concussion Code of Conduct (currently in DRAFT form)
Form available for download here:

  HEO Concussion Code of Conduct

3. PRIOR to ON-ICE Participation Print, Sign, and Submit the HEO Rowan’s Law Acknowledgement Form to your NDMHA Convenor.
Form available for download here:

HEO Rowan’s Law Acknowledgement Form

“Ontario passed the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee Act, on June 7, 2016 to establish the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee to review the jury recommendations made as a result of the Coroner’s inquest into the death of 17-year-old high school rugby player Rowan Stringer. The Act required the Committee to provide advice to the government with respect to head injury prevention and treatment.

The Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee is chaired by Dr. Dan Cass, Vice President-Medical at St Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto and includes membership from parents, medical experts, researchers and sport leaders. View the list of Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee members.

Under the Legislation, the Committee was required to submit a report to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport by September 9, 2017. The report is below, and contains 21 recommended actions directed to all organized amateur sports, both school-based and non-school-based, in Ontario. The Committee’s recommendations are grouped into five themes: surveillance, prevention, detection, management and awareness.” Report of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee

Concussion Fact Sheet

Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport CONCUSSION GUIDELINES

Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO)

“The following protocols outline HEO’s policy and guideline on players returning to play after concussion and/or significant injury.”

HEO Resources for NDMHA Trainers and Coaches

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ontario

What is a CONCUSSION? – Understanding the SCIENCE behind a head injury.

Government of Canada

“Sport and physical activity play a significant role in the lives of many Canadians – from creating a sense of belonging and community, to producing tremendous health and emotional benefits. To increase sport participation and active lifestyles, we need to work towards reducing the incidence and impact of serious injuries and keep sport safe.

The Government of Canada recognizes that too many individuals experience concussions during sport and recreation activities, sometimes with tragic outcomes. Concussions in sport are a recognized public health issue because of their frequency and their potential short- and long-term consequences.”


Parachutes’s Mission – Creating a safer Canada by preventing serious and fatal injuries through evidence-based solutions that advocate and educate.

Parachute’s Vision – A Canada free of serious injuries… with Canadians living long lives to the fullest.

Parachute, a national Canadian charity founded in 2012, promotes researched, evidence-based and expert-advised resources and tools that can help to prevent serious harm or death from preventable injuries. Parachute, led by President and CEO Steve Podborski wants Canadians from coast to coast to coast in this great nation to safely work, play, and enjoy their families and friends to the fullest throughout a long and healthy life.

Annually, predictable and preventable injuries in Canada result in:

  • 16,000 deaths
  • 231,000 hospital stays
  • 3.5 million visits to emergency rooms
  • 60,000-plus disabilities; and
  • $26.8 billion in total economic burden

Experts estimate that up to 90 percent of serious injuries are predictable and preventable.

Despite being the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 1 to 44, injury is one of the most under-funded social issues when compared to other forces that affect our health and longevity, such as cancer or heart diseases.

Parachute will lead the campaign to bring an end to these preventable tragedies. Our strategies include increasing awareness around the importance of injury prevention and providing the best solutions to prevent injury in the home, on the streets, at work, during sports, or at play.

We will raise funds to execute these initiatives while increasing our capacity by attracting influencers and innovators who support our mission: We want to mobilize Canadians – individuals, organizations, and governments – to understand the effectiveness of injury prevention and work with them to adopt these measures to help Canadians live long lives to the fullest.

Parachute’s Values

At Parachute, we strive to promote a supportive, empowering, innovative culture. Our values and team-based approach to our work ensures employees have the opportunity to provide input to solutions while developing and advancing their knowledge and careers within a balanced work-life environment.

Parachute’s approach to injury prevention is based on the following values and principles:

  • Evidence-based – Parachute uses an evidence-based approach to setting priorities, designing implementable and cost-effective solutions, and evaluating impact.
  • Implementation focused – Parachute builds capacity and provides best practice solutions that are scalable and meet the needs of our diverse stakeholder and injury prevention network across the country, focusing on programs and initiatives that are achieving the desired impact and outcomes.
  • Policy driven – Parachute provides thought leadership and focus to public policy dialogue and actions across Canada.
  • Collaborative and complementary – Parachute strengthens the cause of injury prevention and sets the national agenda by bringing together leading practices, from Canada and around the world. We work with federal, provincial, and territorial injury prevention initiatives, as well as corporations and foundations, to augment and accelerate their efforts, avoid duplication, and share leading practices.
  • Innovative – Parachute attracts innovators and influencers to injury prevention. We embrace new approaches, ideas, technologies, and processes that can help us achieve our goals.