Posts in category "Injury Prevention"

Develop Punching Power: Great for Cross-Training

There are so many fantastic sport specific exercises for boxing, muay thai, MMA and kickboxing.  I consider this to be a fundamental exercise.  It offers a true application of straight punches.  The difficulty with this exercise is that you need to know how to punch before adding it to your routine.  This exercise expects you... Read more »

Marathon Recovery Day 2- IT Band and Hip Pain?

As I mentioned yesterday, there are several phases to recovering and rebuilding the body after running a marathon.  I am featuring two activation stretches/exercises that you can do with the foam roller.  They are different than the typical foam roller exercises in that they are focused on the muscles firing properly.  In re-engaging this relationship... Read more »

MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 5

This is absolutely one of the best exercises ever!  It is the perverbial ‘total body’ movement.  It requires balance, a strong core, focus, coordination and technique.  The actual movement even without the kettle bell is challenging and completely applicable to mixed martial arts.  The movement is biomechanically sound and depicts how to properly get up... Read more »
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MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 1

Repeat the same motion as you did for the rear uppercut.
Kettlebells can be compared with other modalities of training.  There are several great functional exercises and tools that can be used to improve athletics.  Kettlebells are an excellent addition to a MMA workout routine because of their biomechanical muscle replication.  They can be used to recreate the body’s involvement when doing kicks, punches and takedowns.... Read more »

Rich Franklin, Nothing Will Stop Him

A lot of words have been dedicated to Rich Franklin lately.  He has been generous in sharing time and insight with Chicagonow.com readers.  His most recent performance against Chuck Liddell has revived interest from fans and earned him the tagline of  ’A True Warrior’.  The Former UFC  Champion approached his fight against Chuck Liddell with... Read more »

Tight Shoulders & Pecs Slowing Your Punching Down?

Once you are in place, then use the opposite hand to help rotate the body off the floor as if to turn towards the ceiling.  This stretch is very intense.  Push slowly at first and do not be surprised if you can not roll much of your chest off the ground.  It will help to take the leg, as you see in the picture and reach it back towards the arm that is stretching.    Hold for 15-30 seconds at a time.  Warm the shoulders up first before doing this stretch.  It is ideal to use this stretch throughout your workout.
Tight shoulders are hardly unique to boxers or punchers of any kind.  All types of athletes experience lack of range throughout their shoulder joint which ultimately leads to poor sport performace.  This is certainly happening during this fine Spring season as baseball has begun.  Mike Pelfrey from the New York Mets has been experiencing shoulder... Read more »
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Stitch, MMA's Favorite Cutman Gives Insight into a Dream Job

Jacob “Stitch” Duran is a warm and friendly face inside the octagon.  Why, because he is there to protect the fighters.  Although he is not the only one, he has a calming presence and a trusting smile that brings fighters a small amount of comfort if they think about the potential injuries they may incur... Read more »

Feel Stress or Tension? 8 Stretches, 5 minutes for Work

Although there are so many reasons we feel stress and tension throughout our body, helping to relieve it can be solved by 5 minute stretching breaks throughout your work day. Stretching is important because it helps to reduce the tension we feel in the muscle by increasing the length and even stimulating blood flow. As a... Read more »

The Fighter's Fracture

Although this injury in the past was known to be common amongst the boxing community, it has quickly become a frequent experience to many MMA fighters.  Because there is less protection of the hands, for example a 4 ounce fingerless glove verse the 8 or 10 ounce glove used in boxing, it is no longer... Read more »
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Fight Sports Are Getting Safer. New Mouthpiece Protects Against Concussions and Jaw Injuries.9

Did you know that the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association has mandated that all athletes must wear a bi-molar jaw protective mouth guard during contact play.  This is the first mandate of its kind for mouth guard protective usage in a sports organization and many MMA organizations are considering the same.  Because of more... Read more »