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Are You Fit For Quidditch? New Injury Prevention Resource

USQ’s risk management team is releasing the first in a series of injury prevention resources, the first being a PDF on helpful exercises to do after a long break from playing.

As you prepare to go back to the pitch after a year off from quidditch, it is important to make sure you are flexible, strong, and fit to avoid injuries. Muscles can weaken surprisingly fast without continued activity. Athletes are prone to injury after taking time off - whether due to recovery from previous injuries or pandemics - if they push themselves too hard. Therefore, slowly getting back into an exercise routine is essential to prevent injury. 

The USQ Risk Management Team is introducing the new ‘Ask An Athletic Trainer’ series, which will provide exercises that focus on body areas most impacted by gameplay. The goal of this series is to help USQ players become flexible, strong, and fit post-COVID and beyond. The first entry of the series focuses on leg muscles and joints, specifically the five major lower muscle groups that need to be stretched and strengthed to improve performance and reduce injury. 

Check out the first entry here. Entitled ‘Are You Fit For Quidditch?’, it covers:

  • Major muscle groups of the lower extremities
    • This section reviews which muscle groups that these exercises will cover (pelvis and low back, hips, knees, and ankles) and major causes of injury to those areas. 
  • Flexibility
    • This section includes stretches to increase flexibility which can help prevent injuries to your muscles and joints. It also includes a QR code that will link you to our stretching program and videos.
  • Strengthening
    • This section includes exercises to help increase your agility and speed and prevent injuries. It also includes a QR code that will link you to our stretching program and videos.
  • Fitness
    • This section includes suggestions on how to improve your fitness level.

If you have any questions or suggestions for future exercises, please reach out to riskmanagement@usquidditch.org