Injuries are a natural consequence of playing a contact sport like roller derby and most athletes are aware of this risk. However, many of these injuries are in fact preventable and many happen as a result of erroneous information or lack of knowledge. Sports safety education goes beyond concussion education, it also includes better training and technique to increase the ability of the athletes’ body to prevent injuries, as well as more strict protocols for beginner players to engage in serious physical contact.
It is important to convince teams and federations to make a conscious, organized and constant effort to educate their members and to enforce the necessary protocols to keep them safe. SAFEDERBY’s materials related to safety education are organized in three distinct sections:
The chance of sustaining an injury depends on different variables, including the level or style of play, player position, protective equipment, and the athlete’s susceptibility due to pre-existing injuries. This section provides guidance and information regarding the most common injuries in roller derby and how to decrease the risk of injury substantially.
Learn the symptoms and red flags of a concussion and read as we debunk some of the most common myths related to this important topic. Invite your team to be part of this initiative by taking the SAFEDERBY pledge and implementing some of the proposed protocols in this section.
Participating in roller derby before an athlete’s body and mind are ready to handle the demands and physicality of the sport may result in injuries and long-term idiosyncrasies that may be unsafe. This section contains recommendations and protocols that go beyond the minimum skills tests currently in place for the different roller derby organizations to increase the possibility of a smooth transition into derby.