My reason for starting this blog is simple… I love to help athletes get better at what they do. I’ve been involved in both fitness and athletic performance coaching for more than a decade, working with and around athletes at every level, from social league amateurs to Olympic level champions. I’ve been involved with roller derby for nearly as long, first as a player and later as a head coach, a league announcer and as a strength and conditioning coach.

Over the past two years I’ve had some amazing opportunities to learn directly from some of the best sport performance coaches in the world, including those who work with the NFL, the NHL, the PGA, Major League Baseball, national level rugby, professional soccer and members of the US Olympic Track and Field team. Throughout all of those incredible experiences I find that my mind always comes back to the same thought… “how could I apply this information, this technique, this coaching cue, this drill, this program design, to roller derby?” I’m hooked for life, no two ways about it.

And so this blog is dedicated to all of the women and men of the amazing sport we call roller derby. Whether you are fresh meat or a seasoned vet, play flat or bank track, skate women’s, men’s, junior’s or co-ed, or are in the US or abroad, this space is yours.

Each week we will endeavor to bring you the very latest and best science-based information about athletic performance as it relates to the sport we love. There will be training posts, discussions regarding biomechanics and kinesiology, articles on sports psychology and coaching technique, interviews with some of the best coaches and sports scientists from around the world and guest posts from a whole range of strength and conditioning specialists.

So that’s what this blog is about. It’s about making roller derby players better roller derby players. Sound like something you might be interested in? Then make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of this great info.

Citius. Fortius. Altius.

Shelley J. Murray, CSCS