Category: Injury Prevention

The Science of Balance: Taking Your Martial Arts Training to a Higher Level

Superficially, good balance is looked at by most as the avoidance of getting knocked over.  Therefore, martial artists are considered to have great balance because they spend so much time performing power movements on one leg (i.e. kicks).  Today there are so many tools and applications available to improve balance on a microscopic level.  Some... 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 »

Get on the Ball! Fight Lower Back Pain, Part I

Regardless of your athletic ability, fitness level or physical limitation, the swiss ball or resist-a-ball, is a tool that can help you build strength, stability, flexibility and coordination.  At first glance, these colorful balls may remind you of your 4th grade gym class, but performing even a simple crunch on them can make you feel... 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 »

Cardio-Kickboxing: An Amazing Workout, But Let's Stick to Technique

 So we all know that tae-bo helped to launch the cardio-kick fitness crazy.  But it did so much damage, that over 10 years later you still see  few classes where  the roundhouse looks like a whip-like kick and not a ‘boot-to-the-head.’  The downfall of those that continue to ride the tae-bo train is that many people... 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 »
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