July 20, 2007

Roller Derby Skater


I'm a Roller Derby skater, coach and captain for the NYC team - Gotham Girls Roller Derby. I just spent a very long day of evaluations with our all-star team, and then, when i came home, stumbled upon your site. Here's some tips I said I said over and over again today.

If your feet are cramping after every jam or on long warmup drills, lace your skates up every other hole. This reduces the pressure on the top of the foot when you lean into and around turns 1 and 3.

If you still get cramps, or feel out of control, loosen your trucks a little so you get more give on the turns, making your crossovers tighter.If this adjustment helps, in the long run you will need to get softer bushings, but just playing with the tightness will help diagnose the problem.

Natily Blair aka "Ginger Snap"
Captain of the Bronx Gridlock and the Gotham Girls Roller Derby Travel Team.

Posted by Matthew at July 20, 2007 10:47 AM