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I’m a pregnant roller derby athlete

I’m a pregnant roller derby athlete Photo credit Marko Niemela (https://www.facebook.com/punkmarkophotos/)

Part One: Holy shit this is happening

I want to start out by saying; this is me being honest. This is what I went through. It might not be popular, or what other people went through… but this is what happened, and how it made me feel, and how I handled it. I’m here to share my experience so others don’t feel judged by expectation, so please don’t jump down my throat for my choices.

Pregnancy has a million expectations on women, and that’s part of what makes it difficult… because it’s not just the craziness of hormones and body changes you’re handling, but also the set of parameters of how you should feel because of that expectation of “OH THIS IS ALL WORTH IT, ‘CAUSE: BABY”.

That makes me furious. It ignores my struggles and frustrations like I should be some happy robot housewife from the ’50s.

So without further ado, here’s my story of learning about my pregnancy…

Six Tips for Surviving a Roller Derby Tournament

Six Tips for Surviving a Roller Derby Tournament Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/haleyeahphotography/

When people within the roller derby community talk about surviving a tournament, we are often referring to skaters or officials, the ones who are most active during these weekend-long events. But with tournament season starting earlier and earlier, we thought it best to provide a survival guide to roller derby fans. So, before you head to the Big O, ECDX, Mayhem, or any of the other looming derby events, let’s make sure your best plan is in place!

Q’s Tips: Things Every New Skater Should Know

Q’s Tips: Things Every New Skater Should Know Photo credit: Deadwards

The things every new skater (and vet) need to hear. Each year people try out for derby leagues all over the world, and some people jump right into the derby culture without really knowing what they’re getting into. Here are some tips I’ve discovered over my eight years in derby.

Concussions and Roller Derby

Concussions and Roller Derby Photo credit: Deadwards

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association of America‘s campaign for 2015-2017 is “Not Alone.” Brain injuries can be hard to diagnose, treat, and recover from, often leading the affected person to feel isolated and depressed.

Since Roller Derby is a contact sport, concussions are unfortunately a common injury but show themselves in many different ways. Today we will focus on some concussion education and highlight the importance of knowing the symptoms and how they might affect you and your recovery.

The New Internationalisms in Roller Derby

The New Internationalisms in Roller Derby Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby.

Unless you’ve been hiding your face in the stinky gear bag you keep swearing to your significant other or roommate you’ll get round to cleaning one of these days, you’ll have noticed that recent tournament announcements have revealed locations that have kept the derby world abuzz. Whether you like to travel or loathe it, the fact of the matter is that the future of roller derby is truly international, and this year is just a taste of what’s likely to come.