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3 Common Martial Arts Injuries and How to Treat Them

Posted: November 07, 2018

Martial arts training is a productive pastime that provides a number of positive benefits to trainees. Sometimes, despite the practitioners’ best efforts at safety, an injury will occur during martial arts training. The following are three of the most common injuries associated with martial arts training along with suggested tips to treat these injuries.

Scrapes and Bruises

Bumps, scrapes, and bruises will eventually occur when practicing martial arts of any kind. These minor injuries are usually no big worry and can sometimes be prevented with a few simple measures.

Properly fitting equipment, proper training attire, and quality mats are all things that can prevent an over-accumulation of these minor injuries.

Simple cuts and scratches should be thoroughly washed and treated with petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment. If you want some natural ways to heal skin, then you could use aloe vera gel. Wounds should be covered when necessary and checked periodically for any signs of infection.

The effects of bruising are improved by resting the affected area. Applying ice and compression is an excellent way to eliminate swelling.

Groin Strain

The many kicking motions that are often included in martial arts training cause individuals to be at risk for strains of muscles located in the groin area. These injuries are accompanied by tightness, muscle spasms, or general tenderness in the groin area.

Ice can be applied to the inner thigh to reduce the pain and swelling associated with groin injuries. When compression is needed, an option would be to use a heated wrap. Heated wraps tend to work better for muscle strain due to them using moist heat which can penetrate deep into muscles. Light stretching of the affected muscle can also help with recovery efforts.

Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring injuries are not too different from those of the groin but are located in the large muscle at the back of the upper leg. These injuries are commonly associated with the execution of high kicks by practitioners who are not properly warmed up or stretched.

Hamstring muscles should be rested when injured. Ice can be used to lessen pain and swelling. When sitting or lying down, the leg should be elevated. Anti-inflammatory medications can also be taken as needed.

While minor injuries are sometimes unavoidable for people who are improving their fitness and discipline, participants in martial arts can minimize this risk by following safety precautions during each training session. When martial arts trainees experience any of the three common training injuries above, the treatment tips suggested should have them back in the gym as soon as possible.