Pain Hit List

Common injuries in martial arts include hamstring strains or tears, sprained knees or ligament damage, meniscus tears, patellofemoral pain syndrome, osteoarthritis, and iliotibial band syndrome.

These injuries might sound a bit scary, but knowing about them can really help. So, let's get comfortable with understanding these potential issues together.

Hamstring strains or tears often result from excessive high kicking. Sprained knees or ligament damage can occur due to forceful rotation from spinning kicks, especially when training on high-friction surfaces or wearing rubber shoes. These issues are common and usually stem from an inadequate warm-up. Many athletes overlook the importance of an active, dynamic warm-up before stretching or kicking.

To prevent these injuries, incorporate an active dynamic warm-up into your workout routine. This should involve consecutive multi-joint movements for 6-10 minutes to elevate your heart rate and warm up your muscles. Follow this with 3-4 minutes of light shadow boxing, kicking, or other martial movements to stimulate your central nervous system. Conclude your dynamic warm-up with ground exercises like bridges, leg lifts, or core work.

Preventing things can be a breeze with just a dash of discipline, don't you think? But hey, what if we're already past that stage and the event has happened? Let's start by getting to know your health conditions a little better. After all, we're all unique, so a personalized approach is just what we need! And guess what? AI could lend a big hand here!

Our team at Abe Health, working hand-in-hand with multiple Maltese clinics, happily offers free AI-based assessments for those troublesome Musculoskeletal disorders.

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