Sunday, October 31, 2010
Injuries vs. To-be-expected Aches and Pains
Aches and pains are to be expected when you are an aged and feeble BJJ student. Unfortunately, injuries are also to be expected. Since I started, I have had a rotator cuff sprain, elbow bone spur, elbow bursitis, popped rib, torn shoulder cartilidge, and arthritis in both shoulders. These injuries and the elbow surgery have had me out about half of the year that I have been training. I have learned how to protect myself and be smarter at training. Here are my lessons learned:
1. get very warmed up. Don't spar until you are loose and ready.
2. Follow the technique with no short cuts. I screwed up my elbow by being lazy when break falling.
3. Be defensive and avoid being submitted. Subs are brutal on the joints.
4. Tap as soon as you are caught. There is no sense in straining your joints when you are already done for.
5. Give your joints a break. When my arthritis starts to ache endlessly, I will take a break from class or spare for a shorter time. Your younger team mates will not understand, but if you are in it for the long haul, be prepared to take extra time.