Leaside Memorial Community Gardens will host its 4th FREE Concussion Education Clinic in the William Lea Room 7:00pm on Tuesday September 27th, 2022

The seminar is free, but you must REGISTER TO ATTEND in person at LMCG, or to watch our LIVE webcast. (The event will also be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person)

Continuing its commitment to making Leaside Memorial Community Gardens the safest recreational facility in the province, the Arena Board, in coordination with its primary user groups, is offering a free concussion education clinic in conjunction with the province’s fourth annual Rowan’s Law Day.

Each September, Rowan’s Law Day helps raise awareness about concussion safety. The day is named in memory of Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from the Ottawa area, who died of second impact syndrome after suffering three concussions in six days, while playing rugby.

The concussion education clinic is the fourth health and safety event offered by Leaside Gardens and the second to focus on concussion. The facility is grateful for the financial support of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund, which enables these sessions to be offered at no charge to attendees.

The clinic will be presented by Stephanie McFarland (MSc, OT Reg. ON) from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Concussion Centre. The centre offers a wide range of concussion services, all with the goal of getting youth who have experienced a concussion back to the activities that are important to them. These paediatric concussion experts provide education and care to families and children with mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI); and education and training to organizations throughout Ontario, including the GTHL.

“There have been many changes in both best-practice and legislation requirements for children and youth with concussion in Ontario. We’re looking forward to updating the Leaside community on these important changes and facilitating meaningful discussion on how to progress from concussion awareness/education to implementation and action,” said Stephanie McFarland.

All members of the community are invited to attend this important educational event, now that our kids are getting back on the ice to enjoy the activities they love so much. Parents, coaches, volunteers, and instructors will all benefit from hearing the latest information on kids and concussion.