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Junior Roller Derby. Think of the Children!

If you are currently an athlete, you probably have both good and bad memories from participation in youth sports. For some people, good experiences in youth sports are why they continue to love sports throughout their lives. Similarly, a bad … Continue reading

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Overthinking Means Underperforming

I have grown quite a bit as a jammer over the last 5 years.  Just recently, I was thinking about my good bouts vs my bad bouts.  What was different about them?  Why did some bouts feel like a constant … Continue reading

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Embrace Your Wild Imagination

During an especially grueling (and delightful) workout at AX Fitness, we were running sprints while starting from a plank position.  The sprints were fine – a familiar pain – but the planks were becoming more and more intense as my … Continue reading

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The More (or Less) You Know

During the derby season, sometimes you become bombarded (or obsessed) with learning what others think of your team. You could be constantly checking Flat Track Stats, reading bout prediction posts, or seeing comments posted on social media.  Although these might … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Cathartic Effects of Roller Derby

If people have known me from a young age, they are not surprised to find out I play roller derby. Growing up, I was always into sports and trying out new and crazy things. However, when people I don’t know … Continue reading

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You Can’t Always Win: How to Cope When you Lose a Bout

In roller derby, teams sometimes go into bouts knowing that the chance of winning is very low. Of course, it would be amazing to win every bout, but when you’re a #30 team playing a #5 team, the odds are … Continue reading

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Exercise Addiction: Are You in Control?

When I am training for a road race or trying to stick to a strict lifting routine for derby, I inevitably have days that I just don’t feel like working out – so I change my workout plan. Maybe I … Continue reading

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Use your Brain to Improve your Brawn

During a graduate school course, I read a myriad of scientific articles, most of which I have completely forgotten by this point. However, there was one article titled, “Mental Imagery Combined with Physical Practice of Approach Shots for Golf Beginners” … Continue reading

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Party On, Wayne: A Derby Player’s Relationship with Alcohol

Roller derby players enjoy spending time with each other.  And most of us enjoy a good party.  It is not uncommon for everyone at a tournament or bout to ask where the after party is.  This doesn’t mean that most … Continue reading

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