The Weird Thoughts Of An Injured Skater

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As of writing this, I’ve not put skates on my feet for almost three months. Over the 2017 summer, my ankles began gradually getting more stiff and sore after skating and eventually, back in November, they were became too painful to skate at all. I’m hoping to get back on skates in February 2018. As athletes, we know that injuries …

Mental Toughness Minimum Skills: Habits

The WFTDA Minimum Skills are designed to help make you a safe and knowledgeable skater, ready to take on the game of roller derby. You learn how to fall, how to stop, how to go and how to hit. You get fitter, stronger and more stable and you learn the rules. But I believe the Minimum Skills are missing a …

Preparing For Your First Roller Derby Tournament

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As you may know, I’ve recently returned from a trip to Colorado where I took part in my first ever multi-day, multi-game roller derby tournament. Before going I was nervous – would I have the fitness, stamina and mental energy to survive it? As I’ve never experienced something like it before, how could I know? This feeling was compounded by …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 3: Post-Game

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Welcome to Part 3 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here! Everyone knows its important to work on mental toughness before a game but its importance extends beyond the final whistle. This is especially so if you had a bad game or your team lost but also applies to analysing …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 2: On Game Day

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Welcome to Part 2 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. This follows on from Part 1 (obvs) where you learnt how ridiculously nervous I used to get before games. So much so I didn’t enjoy them at all. And I really, really wanted to enjoy them! Games are the reason we train so hard, they are the culmination of all …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 1: Pre-Game

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So you’ve got a roller derby game coming up and you’re starting to feel a bit nervous. Maybe a bit more than nervous. Maybe you’ve been vomiting twice a day for the last week. I get it. True story: Early on in my derby career, I would used to get so nervous before games that I would get stomach pains, cry, argue …