Linked Article: Martial Arts Injury Overview

Excerpt:

All martial arts are physically demanding and hazardous. Injuries are seen throughout the spectrum of expertise. Amateur participants are the most likely to sustain sprains and soft-tissue injuries in karate, mixed martial arts and Thai kick boxing; among professional fighters the main risks are fractures and life threatening injuries

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3 responses to “Linked Article: Martial Arts Injury Overview

  1. Very useful, particularly in light of the “anyone can do it and it’s safe” claims that McDojos and even “tradional” dojo routinely push.

  2. Martial arts are safe just like basketball and Little League and amateur wrestling- depends in what discipline and how hard you train.

    But since many people train in martial arts that are not so adroit in conventional sports , and also people who are skilled in the conventional sports (excluding boxing and wrestling), initial training in martial arts will usually put both groups on somewhat equal level in some way (mastery of basic techs).

    I remember a taekwondo grandmaster doing a demo at my junior high, teaching the pure basics of horse stance, choku tsuki, mae gari and gedan morote shuto uchi. The football players and basketball players had problems doing the techniques.

    I came back to karate after training in other disciplines (including karate) and I found that my other disciplines helped me learn what Miller Sensei was teaching.

    (If it was not for martial arts, I would be a human doughnut lol)

    The article says:

    “To many participants the introduction of safety measures, such as mouth guards, head protection and gloves is the antithesis of the sport. ”

    And these participants need to wake up. That is why safety gear exists, so you can go home and train again the next day. (That is why low kick practice is done with shin guards, only peroneal conditioning is done without them).

  3. Also here is an article which plainly and clearly states the truth about what it took to train then-

    http://www.gutterfighting.org/theresthedoor.html

    but still, although much has changed, the fact still stays the same-

    there is risk involved in training, there is no free lunch in martial arts training.

    There will be blood, sweat, and tears spilled when real, hardcore, serious, pensive, and realistic training is done.

    It is up to the practitioners to minimize this, but it is inevitable.

    With new advances in sport science, more people can now train harder and better.

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