What to Do When You Get BJJ Sport Related Injuries During Training


If you experience BJJ sport related injuries, you may need to take some time off to recover. Most people don’t want to stop all forms of exercise. Maintaining fitness while recovering from an injury is often a big goal. Becoming deconditioned is simply a fact of life when you are no longer able to train. Luckily, there are a number of ways that you can speed up your recovery time. Helping your body heal by way of proper nutrition, rest and sometimes medication therapy can be beneficial to getting you back in motion.

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Minor BJJ Sport Related Injuries

There are some very common BJJ sport related injuries that are experienced as part of training. BJJ works out your whole body. Unlike other sports, athletes are must focus to strengthen all aspects of their body. In BJJ our joints are subject to strain due to submission attacks. Often this can lead to injuries. According to this source, “ankle sprains, hamstring strains, groin pulls and knee injuries are just some of them. A minor injury generally won’t include any major break or tear.” Usually, treatment can take place at home. You won’t need to undergo any kind of surgery to repair the problem. Depending on how severe your pain is, you may or may not seek medical treatment to diagnose the problem when it first occurs.

There are some commonly used methods of treating minor BJJ sport related injuries. This source explains, “when the initial injury occurs, the first thing you want to do is apply ice. Applying ice will reduce inflammation and numb some of the pain. After about 48 hours, you can switch from the ice to applying heat. You should always apply moderate heat for about 15 minutes at a time. Then, take a break.” Some medical professionals will advise that you alternate cold therapy and heat therapy, depending on what injury you have. Over-the-counter pain relievers can alleviate some of the pain you are experiencing. These can also reduce inflammation. A practioner will often expercience these minor injuries during course of there training.

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Knee Injuries

Major BJJ Sport Related Injuries

When a more major BJJ sport related injuries occurs, this will result in a tear, dislocation or break. These BJJ sport related injuries most often occur in the knee area, shoulder, elbow and ankle. People often report hearing a small pop when they suffer the injury. Swelling may occur immediately after. This is when medical attention is necessary. You don’t want to neglect an injury of this magnitude as that will only make the problem worse. This source cautions, “it’s all too often in sports and in other situations to try to ignore an injury or complication. No one wants to sit out or miss out. Many define themselves by their ability to perform in sports or in other capacities, and if an injury gets in the way of how you define yourself, it can be extremely mentally damaging.”

If you go through a surgical procedure to treat a major injury, you may be prescribed prescription medication for the pain. Be very careful with these medications. According to this source, “unfortunately, many patients who begin using prescribed Percocet for valid painful medical conditions end up thoroughly addicted.” Many people find that they suddenly are dealing with addiction to the pills they are given. Speak with your doctor about your injury to figure out what the best plan of care would be moving forward.

Training is a great way to stay in shape. Still, injuries can and do occur during training. If you were hurt while training, it’s important to use the appropriate method for healing so that you can get back to your routine.

Another good way to make sure you don’t get injured is to wear the proper gear! Mouth guards, cups and more greatly reduce the chance of sustaining serious injury! To further learn how to prevent training and musculoskeletal injuries in more dept we recommend adding some of these preventative tips.

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