Injuries and how you deal with them will be important on your martial path. Through the years I have had multiple injuries. Some minor, some major. I have always made sure that I was able to do some training while injured. When my knee was badly injured I was still able to train with a major knee brace and I just had to be extra careful. As the injury became better I eventually reduced the brace to a sleeve and continued training and picked the pace up a bit. Eventually, I no longer needed the brace and resumed full on training at the accelerated pace I was on before the injury. I have had many other injuries that I have treated the same way. If you are training in the Martial Sciences you will eventually have an injury and you will have to find a way to deal with it. When one IRT practitioner damaged his knee he sat in a chair during class and continued to train on what he could. This inspired us all to train that much harder and to invest even more in learning and our skill sets!
Recently, I have an injured elbow with pretty severe tendonitis. So far I have had excellent benefit from compression sleeves. With this injury I am still able to train and teach but I have to be very careful with what I do. I am currently in the third week of the injury and I am seeing good results and look to fully recover shortly.
One thing when you are injured I would recommend that you go and see a medical professional ie. your doctor to be evaluated. Get diagnosed so that you know what you are dealing with. Once you know this then you can plan your rehab appropriately.
When I was in college I was exploring which degree I wanted to pursue. One was Sports Medicine and the other was Criminal Justice. Eventually I picked Criminal Justice and moved into that as a career field. However, during injury evaluation and prevention training we learned RICE. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. When you have an injury remember RICE and seek out a professional medical evaluation.
Train smart and prevent most injuries but when you have one figure out a way to train even if it is just going through mental skill sets!
See You On The Mats!
Brian R. VanCise
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