Quidditch: History of its Development and Progression, Injury Analysis and Prevention Strategies. (A Case Study of the College of Charleston Club Quidditch Team with Pre and Post Season Fitness Testing)

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Hammond, Elizabeth
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Quidditch is a developing sport modeled after a game described J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter book series. As such, its study could provide meaningful information about the evolution and growth of sports. Although there is an exceptionally high injury rate associated with the sport, little progress has made towards injury prevention. An analysis of the common types of quidditch-related injuries and the causes of such injuries could provide meaningful insight into the issue. This quantitative case study follows the College of Charleston’s club quidditch team over a competitive season. The goal of this study was to determine if participation on a quidditch team is associated with improvements in certain sport performance parameters. In addition to this, injuries incurred by the College of Charleston quidditch team during official tournaments were documented over the course of the season. The aim of this documentation was to provide more information about the typical cause and nature of quidditch-related injuries so that injury prevention strategies may be advanced. Participants included 26 College of Charleston students aged 18 to 22 years. Sport performance parameters included pre- and postseason tests of body composition, 40-meter dash time, and throw distance.
quidditch, sport development, injury prevention