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 …

How To Start Crosstraining For Roller Derby

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Starting your off-skates training for roller derby can be daunting if you’ve never done much structured exercise before. A gym might seem too intimidating (or expensive) and fitness classes can feel too generic. And if you’re new to exercise it can be difficult to know what you should be doing, how often and when! To get you started, below are …

How To Prepare for a Tournament When You’re The Underdog

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Dublin Roller Derby had an absolutely incredible time at Pittsburgh’s D2 Playoffs + Champs over the weekend of August 18-20th. They came in as the bottom seed but took home three nail-biting wins, beating Naptown by two and No Coast by just one point.  Dublin came to fuck everyone’s brackets and did just that, contributing to the most exciting D2 playoffs ever …

5 Exercises To Make You A Better Jammer

So jamming’s hard, right? You’re one person trying to fight through three or four other people who really don’t want to let you past. Also, jammers are often smaller than blockers. Juking and jiving is great but blockers these days are smart and often don’t bite – they hold their ground and try to force you to choose and edge. But …

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 …