Guest Blog: Dazed and Confused

Guest Blog: Pastor IcePax
Emergency Medical Technician
WFTDA Risk Management Committee
WFTDA European Tournaments Medical Staffing Liaison

 

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Dazed and Confused (or … “so that’s what the ceiling looks like”)

Concussion… seemingly the latest “thing” in sports, every athlete in this sport knows someone who’s had one; but it can’t be THAT bad can it?
Let’s have a look;

How seriously do the UKRDA and WFTDA governing bodies take a skaters safety at a bout?

  • The current WFTDA guidelines are that any SINGLE positive indication on the concussion tests at a bout is enough for the medics to declare a skater unfit to skate for the rest of the game (NOT the half).
  • The Medical Team can stop a skater skating for ANY reason if they suspect that skater is not fit to skate under ANY circumstances (i.e. this doesn’t just apply to concussions).

IcePax – how did your concussion(s) happen?
Arty – During a game at Eastbourne Extreme, I turned and presented my chest to a jammer who dropped his shoulder and sprinted at me. Hitting me square in the solar plexus and driving up, he took me up and off my feet. I fell flat on my side, on concrete, and was knocked out by the impact.

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Welcome to our new member leagues

Kent Mens Roller Derby, the first dedicated men’s team in Kent, England, formed in 2017 based in Herne Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Devon Roller Derby
Founded in May 2011 based in North Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killa Hurtz Roller Derby
Formed in 2011 in Chelmsford England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durham Roller Derby
Formed in 2014 in Durham England

Statement regarding behaviour expectations

In light of the recent issue regarding sexually inappropriate behaviour, UKRDA would like to take the time to reiterate that any form of sexually inappropriate behaviour in any form or physical assault is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. If you have experienced such acts within the UK Roller Derby community or out of the UK we are truly sorry and we are here to listen.

We encourage those who have experienced any of these acts to raise their complaints with the relevant skater leagues or if you feel you can not, raise your complaint with us, we will investigate all complaints fully and take action when it’s required. We do not take allegations of this nature lightly.

Roller Derby should always be maintained as a safe space in all areas. To ensure this we need your voices, leagues or individuals may not know the history of individuals joining their league, by asking for references and sharing experiences we can help ensure that every member of our leagues is vetted appropriately before joining.

Medical Team Guide to Roller Derby

We are delighted to announce that we have been working behind the scenes with Mark “Pastor IcePax” Dolan to bring you a new medical team guide to roller derby.

Our medical guide is for all leagues to download, it’ll allow your medics to read all about roller derby, the rules and how to handle interaction with attendees at events.

Our guide can be downloaded from the following link

https://goo.gl/Jp56Qn

or by emailing icepax.emt@gmail.com.

We hope you find this guide useful.

#raisingthestandard#youkrda.

Welcome to Orkney ViQueens & New Town Roller Girls

We would like to welcome two new teams to our masses, both from Scotland

Orkney Viqueens

From Orkney in Scotland, our newest league in Scotland, they are an excellent bunch and we love having them as members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondly welcome New Town Roller girls, from Livingston, Scotland

An All female league founded in 2011, they are hard working, butt kicking attitude to this sport, play for the love of playing, a real mix of people, they are New Town Roller Girl

Welcome to North Wales Roller Derby

North Wales Roller Derby started out in July 2011, and currently has around 55 members. The team has been working hard to build up into a full bouting team and is very excited to host the first live roller derby bout in North Wales this November.

Welcome to Borderland Brawlers Roller Derby

Welcome to Borderland Brawlers Roller Derby, formed in 2014

They are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. BBRD are run by their members and volunteers, brought together by their mutual love of the amazing sport of Roller Derby.

Not all of the brawlers skate to compete, there are plenty who attend for love of being on 8 wheels and amongst friends on the track, and sessions do provide for that, if you are looking to work hard both on and off the track in an environment that promotes physical and mental strength, independence and pushes to represent at as high a level possible for an amateur athletic organisation, you have come to the right place.