Roller derby is a contact sport that could put you at risk of injury. That’s why protective gear and WFTDA insurance are required and primary insurance is recommended. The rate of injury in derby is comparable to soccer; however, through skills training, education, and strength building, we do our best to minimize your chance of injury. Sprains, strains, pulled muscles, and fractures can happen. Take your time, learn the basics, and listen to your body. We also recommend you exercise outside of practice, including weight training, cardio, or yoga. This will not only help you improve your game, but will significantly decrease your risk of injuries on skates. If you have preexisting injuries, we recommend you consult your medical practitioner about the additional risks of playing a contact sport. If you experience a minor injury on the track, please consult an appropriate specialist–without adequate treatment minor injuries can become major ones.