Hurry! Someone call the WHAMbulance!
It has been a while since we posted pics of our battle wounds. Here are some of our favorites in case there was any doubt in your mind that roller derby was a full-contact sport. WARNING: Don’t scroll down if you’re squeamish!
Thanks to our medics for volunteering their time and expertise at our bouts and scrimmage practices:
We also appreciate the generous services of our sponsor, Dr. Mike Rogerson. Rogerson Chiropractic is a family and sports chiropractic clinic in Santa Clara.
KillaByte co-captain, Dot.Kamikaze, and recently elected SVRG General Manager Steffen Razor knew she had knee surgery on the horizon, so she squeezed in one last skate at the Red Red Holiday tournament (where her team, Orange, came in 3rd) and then hopped on the surgical table four days later.
According to the doc, Stef's knee problems preceded her derby involvement, but given the stress that derby puts on the knees, her sporting didn't help. Essentially, her cartilage ended up with the consistency of sauerkraut, leading to fluid retention and stiffness in the knee. You can read the details about her injury and procedure at Rantin' Razor.
In the meantime, send your well wishes and thoughts. Heal fast, Razor! Can't wait to see you back on skates next season!
Yup, that's my nasty foot. I suffer from perpetual blood blisters on the ball of my foot and my big toe, the occasional bonus on the arch if my other padding slips and starts rubbing the wrong way. I have been skating for almost a year and I have had bad blisters the entire time. I thought buying skates that fit would fix this issue (I had been wearing skates 1.5 sizes too big for the first 8 months), but I am still getting the rub. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, so typically I can make it through practice, but it's often painful enough the next day that I can't walk normally. It also makes back-to-back practices very difficult because my feet don't have enough time to heal.
Over the past year I received a lot of roller derby ... Read More »
At practice on January 25th, an unruly shoelace felled the mighty Dollface by coming undone, wrapping around her skate, and causing her to plummet toward the concrete floor shoulder-first. The resulting injury was a rotator cuff tear with a nearly one-inch long break in the humerus. After nearly two months of pain and therapy, she underwent surgery on April 2; see pictures below. Now she is on the road to recovery, and SVRG eagerly awaits her return to the rink later this summer!
At our very first bout this season against Central Coast, Feisty took a sharp hit to the face. Putting the feist in feisty, she continued skating throughout the jam and waited until after the bout to hit the ER. Diagnosis: one broken nose. Here's a supportive Donna Diggler pointing out the damage:
Fortunately Feisty's healed completely!
Last night while scrimmaging Pia took not one but two hits to the eye...yowch! Pia had assured Lindsay Lohanded, who was returning from a knee injury, that she could hit Pia. After this blow, Pia said she should have clarified: "Legally!" Then she took a second hit to the same place, but she insisted on continuing to skate in the jam even as her eye nearly swelled shut. That's some tough for ya!
UPDATE: Day 2. Look at that vibrant red! Be careful or Lady GaGa is going to rip that off for her next look.
Postal Servix (formerly known as Secret Servix) is one of the KillaBytes' secret weapons. She's an all-around great skater with a jammer's speed and a blocker's killer hits (I can attest to this personally, having been knocked off my skates by one of her potent c-blocks!) Off the rink, she has helped coordinate volunteer opportunities for the team, including a demo at AchieveKids (where she teaches special needs students) and May's volunteer event, the Walk for Autism.
How did you get into roller derby?
I saw an ad on Craigslist and became obsessed with the subculture! I have always loved to skate, but never fit in with the traditional jocks.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I was a pretty good skater, but I wasn't very agile and my endurance sucked. I have NEVER played a ... Read More »
In case you didn't see the previous post, Double Knuckle$$ had the misfortune of sustaining multiple falls right on the exact same durned spot before, during, and after May Day Massacre. She provided us with this visual update of her arm...yee-owch! I think it looks like she was stranded out on the tundra for a week and incurred severe frostbite. Don't worry, she assured us it's not going to fall off. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!
This is a classic from our files. Miss Juicy K. Tore thanks practicing C-blocks with Brawllen Angel for this beaut!
I'm sure other skaters have had the experience: you tell an acquaintance that you play roller derby, and the look in their eyes means you might as well have told them that you're really into S & M, or that you worship the devil: it's a blend of bewilderment, suspicion, curiosity, and a little bit of fear: who is this person? She seemed like such a nice, normal girl...Now they will think of you as the chick who gets off on repeatedly slamming her body into other girls with the goal of destruction. On the plus side, they probably won't take any more office supplies off your desk.
Some people still question the verity of roller derby. As a lifelong athlete I feel no need to make an argument that roller derby is a sport: if it wasn't, I wouldn't be ... Read More »