Academic Study Examines Roller Derby Injuries

March 6, 2013

The WFTDA is pleased to inform the roller derby community that the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is conducting an injury study focused on the sport of roller derby.

The primary objective of the study is to identify and characterize injuries sustained by roller derby athletes, and identify the anatomic sites at most risk. The objective also includes assessment of derby athletes’ access to orthopedic and sports medicine physicians, as well as athletic trainers and emergency medical personnel. The results of this survey will help increase awareness of roller derby related injuries in the medical community and guide further investigation of training, injury prevention/rehabilitation, safety gear, and return-to-play in this subset of competitive female athletes.

The WFTDA Risk Management Committee is supportive of this initiative and would like to encourage skaters to participate in the survey and assist with this effort to develop a better understanding of the unique injuries encountered in our sport. Please remember that your information, if you participate, will remain confidential. Information about the study and instructions on how to participate can be found at the following link:

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