injuries

Whether your martial art has you rolling on the ground and grappling, striking and sparring, or working with weapons (hopefully the unsharpened variety!), there are five common types of injuries martial artists tend to see. It is nearly impossible to avoid all injuries, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of injury that everyone who practices any martial art should be aware of.

Stress Fractures

One of the most common martial arts injuries, stress fractures occur when bones are struck with repetitive force -- think checking kicks in muay thai, or repeatedly hitting a heavy bag with inadequate wrist support. Stress fractures are also very common in runners' feet and legs, so if you've recently upped your cardio to get in better shape for your art, be on the lookout!

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Most people who train in the martial arts get injured sooner or later. We asked a medical doctor to prescribe the best course of action for the quickest recovery.

Any type of physical training can result in an injured joint or limb. Sometimes, pain and swelling occur immediately — for example, after you throw a roundhouse kick and feel your pivoting knee pop. On other occasions, the symptoms become apparent over time. An example is tennis elbow that results from too many hook punches and jabs. Whenever any kind of dojo injury happens, remembering RICE can be helpful.

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