Reaching Out: Roller Derby Injuries & Mental Health

Here’s a roller derby visual for people to understand injuries and mental health and how to help:

It’s a scrimmage scenario. The jammer is the person dealing with depression due to an injury (or otherwise). They are on their own for a lap, trying to imagine the best way to get through what they’re dealing with. They are solo, they have isolated themselves but they know they have to prepare themselves because they are quickly approaching the pack. When they hit the pack, the blockers step in. The blockers can’t “SAVE” the jammer. They can’t solve the situation for the jammer. They can’t remove the opposing players, they can’t alter the environment. But they can help make it easier, they can soften the blow. They can create a situation where the pack is easier to get through. And for those blockers who were able to take a second to look and create an offensive move to screen one opposing player for her, it’s appreciated. The jammer is still doing most of the work. She has to dig in, believe in herself, and keep plowing through walls and big hits. She will get out of the pack. And maybe she’ll call the jam and things are all good for a while. Or she might have to run the gauntlet again. In which case, she’ll need to reach out to her teammates to help her get through the pack again. read more at Reaching Out: Roller Derby Injuries & Mental Health.


Filed under adulting, depression, derby, mental health

6 responses to “Reaching Out: Roller Derby Injuries & Mental Health

  1. tpcsufian

    I never saw that there would be a correlation between mental health and roller Derbyshire. Well done! Fascinating! 🙂

  2. tpcsufian


    • When I broke my leg I definitely struggled with a depressive episode during recovery, and in general derby is my other anti-depressant; I was on my meds the whole time I was in recovery, but without the added benefit of being able to skate regularly they were less effective for keeping my depression at bay.

      • tpcsufian

        That makes sense. They say meds can only come so far. If you weren’t able to do what you enjoy doing, then that coping skill couldn’t be used to add on to the medications’ effects.

  3. Thanks for quoting my post! It’s really nice to know that it’s resonating with other people.

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