Is it my imagination or does the game seem to be getting more dangerous with more injuries…..It is almost like I see a number reported each day. On June 20th this player broke her fibula when her Savannah team was playing. And she does not have the funds for her medical coverage. So here is her information if you could spare a few dollars to help a Derby sister:
You know I used to promote and own Roller Derby (oh no, is he off on that again?). We paid the skaters, provided all equipment, doctor availability when needed and of course had workmen’s compensation…..we virtually never used it because our rate was so high anyway that we had been assigned to the State of California for coverage. So we paid the medical expenses, and kept the players on salary until they could skate again (after our orthopedic surgeon released them). If it appeared to be a very long term situation, then we turned it over to the insurance company if there was the prospect of some permanent injury.
We required butt pads in the uniforms of all skaters, and unfortunately too many of you don’t realize the terrible effects of a coccyx injury until it occurs. And yes our leather pads in the tights and shorts do not compare with the equipment required today, but our skaters went through almost a year of training on average before joining the league and knew how to skate the banked track; how to fall; how to avoid hitting other skaters on the track and since they were almost always moving forward (by rule) the impacts did not equal what is in the game today. And the talent and skills of the players are not all equal.
What I do not understand is the jeopardy you all are putting yourself into. You aren’t going to be injured at all? Don’t bet on it. The benefits of the insurance required are minimal, and if you are injured and off for some time, you are jeopardizing your employment and other activities.
Everyone who skates should have private or affordable care insurance. I am really surprised that leagues do not require it.
Examine your situation and don’t think it can’t happen to you, and could you afford an extra ten to twenty thousand dollars if necessary.
Just for your own good.
The powerless Commissioner has spoken.