Training through an Injury, is it Possible?

Injuries and Training

Just like with any physical activities, BJJ and Muay Thai carry the potential of being injured when you train.   Inevitably most students of the martial arts suffer from an injury on some level.  Whether it’s small or severe in nature injuries can impede our progress or worse cause many to quit all together.  We are going to take a closer look and discuss if it’s possible to continue training as you recover.

Types of Injuries

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai are such dynamic martial arts that it would be very difficult to list every possible type of injury that a student may suffer.  However, both arts do share similarities in the categories of injuries that practitioners experience.  These include superficial (i.e. bumps and bruises), pulled muscles (i.e. lower back, groin, etc.), jammed digits (i.e. fingers and toes), torn ligaments (i.e. ACL, rotator cuff, etc.), and soft tissue damage (i.e. cartilage, bursa sac, etc.) to name a few.  Depending on the category of injury this would dictate the severity and the type of therapy needed to recover.  Of course you should consult a physician to determine the exact type of injury you have suffered.  Also, to determine the best type of treatment for the injury.

Preventing Injuries

Of course it would not go without saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound cure” when it comes to training.  There are many precautions that we can take to prevent many of these common injuries.  The first starts with a proper warm-up and stretch routine prior to any strenuous activity.  Next is being careful how we drill, spar, and roll at the end of class.

When you do get Injured

With most injuries you should immediately apply ice and rest the injured area.  If you feel it is severe in nature you should seek immediate medical attention to determine the severity.  For many individuals an immediate use of anti-inflammatory medications goes a long way to recover quickly.  Also, never try to push through the pain of an injured area during a training session.

A Different Approach to Training

Here is where we get to the meat of this article.  It is our belief that despite the severity of the injury most people can continue to train.  There are many training modifications that can be made to allow you to continue.  These include but are not limited to:

  1. Hand picking training partners (i.e. experienced and similar size)
  2. Modifications of the types of exercises (i.e. body weight vs. weight training, partnered vs. solo, etc.)
  3. Training in specific areas (i.e. working on just your hands – boxing, just passing the guard, etc.)
  4. Equipment aides (i.e. tape, braces/supports, etc.)
  5. Limiting the amount of time you train
  6. Drilling vs. sparring/rolling
  7. Keeping the mind sharp (i.e. watching class, watching instructional or competition footage, etc.)
  8. Let your instructor know if you are injured so that they can modify your exercise or technique

When you do get injured and feel that you won’t be able train ask yourself if there is anything that you can do to remain active.  Maybe shadow boxing will be the solution to remaining active.  It will allow you to maintain technique and form so that you don’t get rusty with a long layoff.  Maybe rolling with more experienced grapplers similar to your size so that you don’t have a greater risk of aggravating the injury is the answer.  Or maybe drilling instead of rolling during open mat is the key to not getting re-injured as you recover.  It is very important to let you instructor know about any type of injury you have.  This way they can either modify the workout or technique so that you can still remain active and productive.  And worse case if you can’t train at all coming to class to watch will always keep your mind sharp and motivated to get back on the mat when you do recover.

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