Grappling Injuries Rehabilitation Strategies

Grappler’s Guide to Understanding Injuries

Injuries happen in all walks of life, particularly for athletes. An important concept to understand is how your body recovers and the phases of tissue healing. Phase 1: Inflammatory (Day 0-6): Following the injury your body will start the process to repair the damaged tissue. This results in an altered chemical state as your body …

Grappling Injuries Injury Prevention Rehabilitation Strategies

Grip fighting and finger injuries

In all grappling arts the one who is able to establish their control has a significant advantage of their opponent. Grappling arts involving a kimono (jiu jitsu, judo, sambo etc..) often involve heavy grip fighting or kumi kata in japanese. Many matches are won based on who is able to achieve their intended grips to …

Injury Prevention Rehabilitation Strategies

Grappler’s guide to Shoulder injuries

The shoulder has the most mobility of any joint, and unfortunately the more mobility a joint has the less inherent stability there is. Because the joint has less stability it is often a joint that gets injured in martial arts, whether from traumatic fall, joint lock or overuse. The shoulder complex is made up of …

Biomechanics: Joint locks Biomechanics: Positional

Understanding Shoulder Locks

The shoulder, or glenohumeral joint, is the most mobile joint in the human body which may explain why it is an ideal joint to attack for offensive joint locks. There are a variety of submissions that attack the vulnerable joint: kimura, americana and omoplata. It is crucial to understand the kinesiology of the shoulder joint …

Biomechanics: Joint locks Grappling Injuries Injury Prevention

Biomechanics of Wrist Locks

The wrist is a very complex joint(s). The wrist is composed of 8 bones (2 rows of 4) that are tied together with a web of ligaments (almost 2 dozen). These structures create a bridge between the forearm (radius + ulna) and the 5 metacarpals of the hands. The wrist is technical two joints: radiocarpal …

Biomechanics: Positional Injury Prevention

Inversion for Jiu Jitsu: How to invert safely

The concept of inverting is often used in sport jiu jitsu as a way to preserve guard, sweep and/or attack an opponent’s leg. While it is a useful movement for competitors is it safe? The safety of the technique is based on two principles: The proper technical skill and having adequate mobility to perform without …

Biomechanics: Striking Injury Prevention Rehabilitation Strategies

Understanding Concussions for MMA

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that result from acceleration of the head that creates shearing forces on the brain. While an obvious sign of a concussion is being knocked unconscious one does not have to get KOed or hit in the head for a concussion to occur; indirect blows to other areas in the …