What started as a research project has turned into
love affair for a UW-La Crosse professor.
Roller Derby is full of hits....strategy...and what
Amy Tischler has found out....a family-like environment.
News 8 photographer Ben Branson shows us the story.
Watch your skates, that's a tight one
It's just an amazing sport
push push push push push
It's a lot of fun to sort of dress up and get ready
to go out and hit some people
When we get hit, we get hit hard
Alright, here I come
My friend in Tampa researched it and she sent me a
link to the Mississippi Valley Mayhem.
and I went to their next open skate
she was shy, so shy, she came to the team for some
questions She didn't even want to join the team at
she just came with lots of questions
Should we go?
So I wrote a faculty research grant at UWL to do a
study with the roller derby team
the biggest thing that I have found so far is that
in this environment success and failure sort of define
Success isn't just about completing a specific task
It's kind of like playing video games the failure
rate is very very high but there's something about
the other people in the environment that make you
want to keep doing it.
Because they focus on the things you do well rather
than the things you can't do
It makes women feel more powerful so they dominate
what they do on their own skates.
when you come to derby you are in control of everything
that a girl!
It's kind of amazing.
It's sorta like you let your alter-ego come out and
it's a different.
Again, it's just so different than anything I've ever
My favorite thing is not necessarily the physical
activity part of it but the family like environment
that's been created here.
The people on this team have become the people I spend
the most time with.
Crash, comin' up on ya, holly, hockey....
Just come here and collect my data, but that's not
how it worked out
Tischler is now in her second season with the Mayhem
and is still conducting her research.
but she says she's more a part of the team now than
The Mayhem's next home bout at the Omni Center will
be Saturday, August 16.