Former Canadian Olympian and Bobsled World Championship medalist Alysia Rissling is no stranger to changing the game. After all, Rissling piloted the first-ever four-woman bobsled in the all-men’s division on the Bobsleigh World Cup in 2015.
Now, Rissling is working to help make bobsledding safer by trying to reduce and prevent the effects of “sled head.”
“The faster we go, the harder we crash. Our number one injury are head injuries. The biggest thing I struggle from in-season is sled head. Headaches are quite often a symptom, as well as just feeling cloudy."
While training for a potential opportunity to make her Olympic return in 2022, Rissling began wearing the Q-Collar to determine if it could help.
"The first time I tried the Q-Collar, I noticed an immediate difference in my symptoms post-sliding which actually blew my mind. If our sport wants to keep athletes’ healthy, and there are options to make it even safer, we’re going to take every step and I do believe the Q-Collar is one of those.”
The Q-Collar provides protective benefits in sports like bobsledding where athletes are exposed to brain injuries from the constant and severe head movements they experience on every run – even when there is no crash involved.
To hear more about Alysia Rissling’s Q-Collar experience, watch the video here.