Magische sport zwerkbal is in werkelijkheid grote blessurebonanza, geen schaafwonden maar botbreuken.
Nearly a decade-and-a-half later, participation has grown dramatically, with teams sprouting up in communities and college campuses across the country. The sport has its own governing body, U.S. Quidditch, with 134 teams already registered this season and another five to 10 more added each year.
But as teams gather in Texas this weekend for U.S. Quidditch Cup championship, players, coaches and officials are increasingly grappling with how to minimize risk in a game where the potential for injury has become more and more apparent. Many have come to realize it’s not just scrapes and bruises — it’s also broken bones, and for players like Vanessa Barker, repeat concussions.