Rugby Canada shares player welfare best practice at Canada’s largest tech festival in Toronto
Rugby Canada’s Manager of National Coach Development, Paul Hunter was welcomed at Don Mills Collegiate School this morning by 350 rugby players and coaches from the Toronto District School Board.
Wednesday 26thSeptember is the first Rowans Law Day to take place since legislation was passed in Ontario earlier this year. Rowans Law Day was legislated by the Ontario government as a day that schools would raise awareness of concussion in Ontario.
“We spend a lot of time working with coaches and parents, but speaking with our players, especially our children, is critical to raising awareness around concussion and to educate players about signs and symptoms of concussions,” said Hunter.
The day also included a skills session by National Team Coach Sandro Fiorino.
Later on in the day Hunter was also an invited guest speak at the Toronto Elevate festival, which is Canada’s largest tech and innovation festival. Paul was invited to present on Rugby Canada’s ongoing work with Concussion Management and specifically concussion prevention strategies in rugby.
As well as being a key note speaker, Hunter also took part in a question and answer session with NHL Hall of Famer Ken Dryden.
“There is a lot of great work being done and shared by many different parties when it comes to concussion management, but a critical piece for sports is what prevention strategies we have in place to minimize the likelihood of a concussion related injury,” added Paul.
To learn more about Rowans Law and Rugby Canada PlaySmart, http://playsmart.rugbycanada.ca