I've actually not known anyone who broke their clavicle. We've had a few broken ankles, though none recently. Otherwise, it's mostly bruises (sometimes serious haematomas) and more chronic issues like my knee pain.
There are also men's derby leagues, but there are currently by far more women's leagues. In its heyday in the 70s it was mostly co-ed (not necessarily mixed teams, but leagues having both men's and women's teams) but the current revival took off first and remains more popular among women.
It's kind of weird to me that you see porny subtext, as we most certainly are not trying to create any. Is it because we're not wearing standard sports uniforms? I don't see it at all, but maybe that's because I know all these people and know that that's the furthest thing from anyone's mind.
It is kind of mad, but definitely in a good way. There's actually loads of tactics and strategy involved, which becomes pretty clear when you watch an actual game.
I'm not familiar enough with Benny Hill to know what that is supposed to mean (I'm an American expat). I imagine it's not a compliment, though? It's interesting to hear how other people see it. When I watch derby videos, I see it totally differently. But again, this might be due to my familiarity with the sport so I can see what's going on, understand what's happening, and spot impressive moves. They do say that video doesn't do the sport justice (the motto of the Derby News Network
, which does live broadcasts of games, is "it ain't at all like being there").