Category: injuries in MMA

Interview with Chicago MMA Fighter Mark Miller - How to Adapt Boxing for MMA

When you ask most MMA fighters about the key components to MMA training, they testify that they are boxing, Thai kicks, wrestling defense and Brazilian jiu jitsu.  Although this is rarely disputed, there are more layers to this answer than the mere practice of these 4 different sports.  In fact, MMA has evolved into its... Read more »

Interview with a Chicago MMA Fighter Jeff Curran About Adjusting Boxing for MMA

When you ask most MMA fighters about the key components to MMA training, they testify that they are boxing, Thai kicks, wrestling defense and Brazilian jiu jitsu.  Although this is rarely disputed, there are more layers to this answer than the mere practice of these 4 different sports.  In fact, MMA has evolved into its... Read more »

MMA Injury: IT Band Injuries are Sneaky

Most mixed martial arts fighters that I have met regularly train explosive kicking and sprawling drills. The nature of this type of training combined with boxing, grappling, running and some form of plyometrics, places tremendous strain on the hamstrings, adductors (inner thighs), gluts (outer hip) and the IT band. To avoid tightness and stiffness in... Read more »
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The Treacherous Chinese Splits - Do not Tear Your Inner Thigh

Wikepedia defines the Chinese splits as the ‘straddle splits, in which the legs are parallel to eachother and extended in opposite directions.  Most martial arts schools use them in their training.  But many schools do not safely incorporate them into their classes.  It is important to avoid doing these splits when the body is cold. ... Read more »

Common Injuries in the Martial Arts: Part II Lower Body

The lower extremity injuries that most martial artists come across are not necessarily unique to martial arts.  They range from the same types of tendinitis’, ‘pulled groins’ and ‘tweaking knees” that we hear about from our parents playing a game of tennis or golf.  But the fact is, that the commitment to the training offers... Read more »

Common Injuries in the Martial Arts: Part I Upper Body

You do not have to be a professional martial artist to be concerned with injuries interfering with kicking and punching skills.  As with many other athletes, incurring sport injuries is detrimental to improving martial arts techniques and overall forms and fighting skills.  Many professional martial artists will tell you that their injuries are sport specific... Read more »
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