Last year, after watching several derby girls get strange head injuries and a couple of close calls myself, I decided to get a hockey helmet. It's funny just how much push back I got from skaters about this decision. "You're going to look stupid." "You're going to look 'special'." "The helmet covers won't fit." "It's not safer than skater helmets." "It's going to be really hot." I heard it all, and I totally understand that part of the derby community never wants to embrace change; we were told how things worked in derby, and we look down our noses at new and different things, and yet still I felt strong enough in my decision to do the research, talk to the experts and plunk down my money.
I was a little worried about the helmet cover not fitting, but it worked just fine. I was also worried it might pop off, but it's fit fine whenever I wear it and I've never lost one. Some of my hockey helmeted sisters haven't learned the fine art of panty placement on a hockey helmet yet, but they will, they will. Here's a quick guide for anyone struggling with controlling their panties, and you know that we all need more control over our panties.
|How to wear a jammer cover on your hockey helmet.|
Finally, it's important to acknowledge that it's ok to try new things; people are going to poo poo your protective gear, your awesome new Derbyskinz, your skates, your helmet stickers, everything! You have to do what works for you. Derby is sport that isn't for the weak minded, so it's ok to go out and try something different. Then you can smirk when you see one of your critics get kicked in the shins.
Read more about brain trauma here. If your league doesn't have a policy on dealing with brain trauma and head injuries, it's time to get one!