I love tournaments! So far, I haven't actually played in one. Mostly I've gone as a bench coach, alternate, or observer. While I hope that will change this next weekend when my team returns to the Low Down Throw Down tournament in Augusta, I have noticed a few things that may help you better prepare for your... Continue Reading →
Each year, I set new goals for myself. While most tend to be fitness related, my approach to this year is a little different. I still want to improve my fitness level in order to be a better Savannah Derby Devil, but mostly I want to be healthy mentally. In 2014, the hits never stopped... Continue Reading →
We'd all like to think we're always a good teammate, but you're human. You are going to screw things up at some point. By nature, we try to reason our way out of feeling bad about it. All of us have done it, including me. Think of this as a friendly reminder that, instead of denying... Continue Reading →
Last weekend, I strapped horns to my helmet and chased terrified runners through the streets of New Orleans with a pink, plastic bat. This wasn't one of my weird derby dreams (like the one where we had a bout at Ikea and then Jenetic Defect decided to skate home on Interstate 10). This really happened,... Continue Reading →
I’ve posted something on this as well, but it’s always worth repeating. Protect your brain! You only get one.
I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the headlines, but there’s been a (potentially) major break-through in concussion science. Basically, U.S. scientists believe they have developed a way to detect CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), in living athletes. CTE is a concussion-related brain disease, which can bring on depression, personality changes, and dementia. Up until this find, it was only detectable by autopsy.
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It’s been found posthumously in the brains of a number of NHL and NFL players, including NFL linebacker Junior Seau, age 43, who committed suicide last May, and NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, age 28, who died of an overdose in May 2011. Scientists say that this new discovery may aid in finding early interventions for those showing signs of the disease, and may lead to improved concussion management strategies.
Great news, right?
Well, yes. Provided the information about the potential long-term effects…
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"The Bachelor", "Bunheads" and "Bones". Within a week, all three shows featured roller derby. They aren't the first shows to use our sport to boost ratings. "CSI: Miami" and "Psych" both featured felonious derby girls. Reality shows like "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy" saw both hosts attempting to... Continue Reading →
Everyone always talks about derby drama and how much they hate it. Sometimes, though, you aren't the victim of derby drama. You are the cause. How can you tell if you're a Mean Girl? There really isn't a sufficient answer. Every Mean Girl is different. Types of Mean Girls Clique Girls - These girls have a... Continue Reading →
"Oh, my god! It's my first bout and I've never skated in front of a bunch people before! What if I do something stupid? What if everyone hates me? PANIC!!!!" First, take a deep breath. You are not the only person to have pre-bout jitters. Luckily, because you aren't the first, there is a TON... Continue Reading →