Designated Person (Per Phase 2 of Rowan's Law)

Designated Person(s)

Under the Removal-from-Sport protocol for West Carleton Soccer Club (WCSC), the designated person(s) is/are responsible for ensuring that:

·       An athlete is immediately removed from further training, practice or competition if the athlete has sustained a concussion or is suspected of having sustained a concussion, regardless of whether or not the concussion was sustained from a sport activity associated with WCSC,

·       If in the opinion of the designated person(s), there is an emergency and/or any red flag signs and/or symptoms appear – including those resulting from a suspected concussion, call 911;

·       Removal of the athlete from further training, practice or competition; and if the athlete is under 18 years of age, the parent or guardian is informed of the removal;

·       The athlete, or the parent or guardian if the athlete is under 18 years of age, is advised that the athlete is required to undergo a medical assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner before the athlete will be permitted to return to training, practice or competition according to the Return-to-Sport protocol for WCSC;

·       An athlete or, if the athlete is under 18 years of age, the athlete’s parent or guardian receives the Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocols for  WCSC  as soon as possible after the athlete’s removal; 

·       Once removed, the athlete is not permitted to return to training, practice or competition, except in accordance with WCSC Return-to-Sport protocol;

 

Under the Return-to-Sport protocol for WCSC the designated person(s) is/are responsible for ensuring that:

·       An athlete who has sustained a concussion or is suspected of having sustained a concussion does not return to training, practice or competition until permitted to do so in accordance with the WCSC Return-to-Sport protocol;

·       When an athlete has not been diagnosed with a concussion, the athlete is only permitted to return to training, practice or competition if the athlete or, if the athlete is under 18 years of age, the athlete’s parent or guardian provides confirmation to the designated person(s) about the outcome of the athlete’s medical assessment, specifically that the athlete:

o   has undergone a medical assessment by the physician or nurse practitioner and has not been diagnosed as having a concussion, and

o   has been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition by a physician or nurse practitioner;

·       When an athlete is diagnosed by a physician or nurse practitioner as having a concussion, the athlete is not permitted to move on to unrestricted training, practice or competition unless the athlete or, if the athlete is under 18 years of age, the athlete’s parent or guardian provides a confirmation of medical clearance by the physician or nurse practitioner to the designated person(s);    

·       An athlete is not permitted to return to training, practice or competition through WCSC] graduated Return-to-Sport steps unless the athlete or, if the athlete is under 18 years of age, the athlete’s parent or guardian has shared the medical advice or recommendations they received, if any, with the designated person(s);  

·       When an athlete is diagnosed by a physician or nurse practitioner as having a concussion, the athlete or, if the athlete is under 18 years of age, the athlete’s parent/guardian has been informed of the importance of disclosing the diagnosis to any other sport organization with which the athlete is registered or school that the athlete attends.

The regulation states that a designated person(s) may rely on the information received from an athlete or, if the athlete is under 18 years of age, from the athlete’s parent or guardian in carrying out their responsibilities under WCSC Return-to-Sport protocol.