‘My hand was caught between my hip and another girl’s. She hit me really hard and it broke. That was painful,’ says Emmeline May, known in roller derby as May B Twisted. ‘I’ve also broken a rib and torn a knee ligament.’
Injuries are common in the full-contact sport of roller derby, in which two teams of women race each other around a track, trying to prevent the opposing team’s ‘jammer’ from passing them and earning points. That May, 35, suffers from benign hypermobility syndrome – which means her joints are easily dislocated – complicated her roller derby career, contributing to her decision to retire this year.
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