USQ takes player safety very seriously, and because quidditch is a full-contact sport, safety must always be at the forefront of our minds. Concussions, in particular, are a constant concern in all sports that involve tackling.
A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way your brain functions regularly, generally caused by a bump or blow to the head. A concussion can also be caused by a fall or blow to the body that results in the head and brain quickly moving back and forth.
It is very important that you and your team can recognize symptoms of a concussion, because a repeat concussion (a second concussion sustained before an individual recovers from the first) can greatly increase the likelihood of longer term problems. A certified healthcare professional should evaluate each and every athlete after a major fall and/or blow to the head. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has many valuable resources available for athletes, parents, and coaches. This brochure is a good place to start, but you should review all the CDC’s available information before your season begins.
Please also familiarize yourself with the Concussion Recognition and Response app.
- This app is not intended to replace seeking help from a trained medical professional, but guides you through concussion symptoms and recommends treatment options. This is a great resource for keeping your players as safe as possible!