F**king Derby!: The Science of Sport and Cursing

Sometimes, in derby, in the heat of the moment, we say bad words. Sometimes to our opponents, sometimes to our teammates, and sometimes, even sometimes, to the refs. And sometimes we feel bad that we lost control of our mouths like that. But what if it wasn’t our fault that … Keep reading

Burn, Baby, Burn: Managing February Burnout

I’m pretty glad that February is a short month that ends today. It’s no secret, February can be a challenging month to stay motivated.  Especially when it snows.  And when the snow is heavy and wet.  And it clings to the trees, making it look really pretty from your window, … Keep reading

Headstrong? Roller Derby and Concussion Culture

I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the headlines, but there’s been a (potentially) major break-through in concussion science.  Basically, U.S. scientists believe they have developed a way to detect CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), in living athletes.  CTE is a concussion-related brain disease, which can bring on depression, … Keep reading

What I’m Reading Today: Off-Season Edition

Today’s post will be a super-short one.  I was working on a post about how I feel about derby and the off-season,  and then this beauty turned up: TUSH TELLS IT LIKE IT IS I so very much agree that we need to be taking breaks.  Actual ones. And I … Keep reading

Perfectly Aged Meat

It’s been a challenging, interesting, whirlwind season for my league.  We faced many, many retirements, injuries, and leaves, all the while taking in our largest batch of fresh meat yet.  We lost some founding skaters, and hopefully, have found some of the skaters that will drive our future. A whole … Keep reading

Top Ten Reasons Why Group Exercise is Awesome

Group exercise. What does that make you think of?  Spin class at the gym?  An hour of stepping on and off something?  A camo-clad screamy drill sergeant bootcamp?  Tiny weight-clutching Bosu dance-robics? Group exercise may have a checkered past, but don’t we all?  Group exercise doesn’t have to be awful … Keep reading

What I Learned At: The Canfitpro Conference 2012

Sorry I’m late with this one, lots of information to process – Last weekend, I had a whirlwind of a time in Toronto at the Canfitpro International Fitness and Club Business Conference.  Canfitpro is a HUGE conference.  Let me say that again, it is a HUGE conference.  Lots of sessions to choose from, … Keep reading

Maxing Out Your WFTDA Minimums

There’s one week left before our new fresh meat test their minimums.  We have a great group of girls this time around – super motivated, keen, and really encouraging of each other.  The training committee and I are excited to get these girls scrimmaging, and integrating them into regular league practice. But … Keep reading

What I’m Reading Today

I seem to be on mental vacation this week, and can’t seem to find the time to clean my house, let alone update my blog.  Here are some links awesome people writing some fantastic posts:   There are times when we think that what we’re doing to train is the … Keep reading