of the facts of roller derby is that injury happens. It might be as
simple as a few bruises, a minor sprain or it might be something more
serious (in which case, nothing in the above image is really going to help...). Whatever your injury, proper rehabilitation is so important
but it's also essential that you don't let an injury get you down.
note: I am not a medical professional. All this is simply my
opinion and what I've learnt from my own injuries. If you're hurt,
it's best you go and see a doctor or - at the very least - speak to your team's first aider.
you've got a little niggle that's annoying you, rest in between
practices. It's good to remember RICE – rest, ice, compression,
elevation. Get yourself one of those reusable hot/cold packs
that can be popped in the freezer ready for when you return home from
something is still hurting after a few days then it might be worth
taking a trip to see your doctor.
you have a serious injury then the first thing you'll do is see a
doctor but a lot of us just put up with minor pain because going to the
doctor's can be such an inconvenience.
if you don't think it's entirely necessary, see a doctor. It's better
to be safe than sorry and even if it isn't serious, your doctor will
be able to give you some tips as to how you can be back on skates
aware that this might not be as easy for everyone as it is for me in
the UK with the NHS. I don't know a huge amount about the American
medical system but I'm guessing you'll have the appropriate insurance
if you play derby – please correct me if I'm wrong!)
above and beyond what your doctor might offer can be really helpful
in speeding up your rehabilitation. You'll be able to better manage
your injury, strengthen yourself and avoid further injury in the
involved with roller derby
you recover, don't just swear off derby until you're better. Get
better but do all the things you'd still be doing as long as it
doesn't hamper your recovery. Socialise, go to bouts and perhaps even
try your hand at NSOing, if you haven't already.
easy to feel down and isolated when you're injured, especially if
you're not going to be able to skate for a while. Your derby family
are going to help you through this but you need to make an effort,
don't hide yourself away.
yourself back in
you're feeling better, don't go straight into a full-on scrim.
Perhaps have a non-contact skating session to get a feel for your
wheels again. Depending on how long you've been off skates, this
might take more time than you might like. Just enjoy skating again
and don't rush back into any big hits.
to your body
you start skating again, listen to your body. If an old injury starts
to creep up on you, be very aware of it. If you skate on an injury,
you could make it much worse and increase your recovery time
massively. It might be good to take a week or two off when something
starts to hurt rather than risk needing eight weeks off.
a range of supports and protective gear out there that can help to
reduce your chance of injury and give support to weak areas. This
might be stretchy bandages for joints, crash pants (my Burton D30
shorts have saved my tailbone more than once), lace up ankle supports
and kinesiology tape.
spoke to Paul
and Medical Director of RockTapeUK
roller derby, taping
to support lower back, knees,
and shoulders would
be popular ones but
it depends as much on the person as it does what sport they are
good piece of advice is to tape areas
of pain, injury (old or new), generally any where that is
compromised, weak, sore etc. Tape can
also be applied to aid recovery after play on muscles that get sore.
recently been using kinesiology tape for a sore knee, the support it
gives me allows me to skate even when walking might be tough. If
you're not sure how to use this kind of tape, speak to your
steps have you taken to speed up recovery after an injury?