In accordance with Ministry of Education Memorandum No. 158, 2018 – School Board Policies on Concussion, and Bill 193 – Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) March 7, 2018, the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board recognizes any concussion as a serious injury which requires appropriate follow-up measures to reduce risk of potential additional injury. Concussion awareness, prevention, identification and management are a priority for the board.
Concussion Awareness Resources
Code of Conduct
for Athletes &Parents/Guardians of athletes under 18
I will help prevent concussions by:
- Wearing the proper equipment for my sport and wearing it correctly.
- Developing my skills and strength so that I can participate to the best of my ability.
- Respecting the rules of my sport or activity.
- My commitment to fair play and respect for all (respecting other athletes, coaches, team
trainers and officials).
I will care for my health and safety by taking concussions seriously, and I understand
- A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short- and long-term effects.
- A blow to my head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that causes the brain to move
around inside the skull may cause a concussion.
- I don’t need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
- I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting of
possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when and individual suspects
that another individual may have sustained a concussion. (Meaning: If I think I might
have a concussion I should stop participating in further training, practice or competition
immediately, or tell an adult if I think another athlete has a concussion).
- Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a possible
concussion increases my risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases
my risk of other injuries.
I will not hide concussion symptoms. I will speak up for myself and others.
- I will not hide my symptoms. I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another
adult I trust if I experience any symptoms of concussion.
- If someone else tells me about concussion symptoms, or I see signs they might have a
concussion, I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another adult I trust so they
- I understand that if I have a suspected concussion, I will be removed from sport and that I will not be able to return to training, practice or competition until I undergo a medical © 2019 Ophea | Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.
- I have a commitment to sharing any pertinent information regarding incidents of removal
from sport with the athlete’s school and any other sport organization with which the
athlete has registered* (Meaning: If I am diagnosed with a concussion, I understand that
letting all of my other coaches and teachers know about my injury will help them support
me while I recover.)
I will take the time I need to recover, because it is important for my health.
- I understand my commitment to supporting the Return to School process.
- I understand I will have to be medically cleared by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner
before returning to physical activity.
- I will respect my coaches, team trainers, parents, health-care professionals, and medical
doctors and nurse practitioners, regarding my health and safety.
I will help prevent concussions, through my:
- Commitment to zero-tolerance for prohibited play that is considered high risk for causing
- Acknowledgement of mandatory expulsion from competition for violating zero-tolerance
for prohibited play that is considered high risk for causing concussions (Meaning: I will
be disqualified/expelled from play if I violate the zero-tolerance policy).
- Acknowledgement of the escalating consequences for those who repeatedly violate the
Concussion Code of Conduct.