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Quidditch is a growing club sport played in the United States but possesses a stronger prominence among other countries as well as a greater understanding of collision injuries in comparison. Given the growing prominence of this collision sport over the past decade, there is a higher urgency to understand patient awareness of concussion symptom epidemiology.
Cross Sectional Study.
Online assessment given to current players.
A cohort of 237 US quidditch players nationwide.
Assessment tool evaluating the understanding of 16 signs and symptoms that players believe someone may experience after a head trauma concerning a concussion.
Main Outcome Measures
Player awareness of concussion symptom epidemiology.
Among the cohort of US quidditch players, headaches were believed to be the most common symptom after experiencing a head trauma at 86.9% (p < 0.05%), followed by dizziness at 85.7%. Players also reported panic attacks and reduced breathing rate are symptoms (20.6%). Among the lowest reported symptoms, players believed arthritis and weight changes were associated with concussion symptoms (<0.01%). Additionally, 36.2% (p <0.05) of players believed they knew what to do and who to contact if they experienced a concussion.
To our understanding, this is the first nationwide investigation among US quidditch players in the United States on concussion symptomology and preparedness. Compared to other collision sports, player understanding of symptoms is similar, but these results also indicate that quidditch players have a sense of urgency in being prepared to manage a concussion.
The authors of this study do not have any disclosures or conflicts to report.
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