It’s good to see this article - it really strikes a chord with me.
I don’t play co-ed.
Not because I don’t like playing against / with guys and not because I don’t like being out of my comfort zone.
In fact, on the occasions in the past where I have played co-ed I have loved it and being put of my comfort zone is something I value as a skater.
However, I play the sport on an official, competitive (and recently national) level and playing co-ed can’t be part of that for me.
Being in my 30s and having experienced a run of injuries last year, I am acutely aware that I need to take care of myself if I want to prolong my competitive involvement in the sport and it is unfortunately a fact that guys are on average, bigger, stronger and more aggressive than women.
And with that in mind I am simply wary of the increased chance of injury co-ed derby presents to me and am unwilling to risk my already short competitive window.
That being said, I dare say once I put that all aside I will most likely be rocking up to co-ed recreational opportunities on a regular basis.
But for me, right now, co-ed is just about risk management and priorities.