In the last few months I have had a few of my students off through injury. In this blog I will share my insight into treating sprains and common injuries encountered in martial arts training. I find the classic method of applying ice every 10-15 minutes on the hour to the sore joints and elevating the limb well above the heart works wonders. This will drastically reduce swelling.
Factors that will optimize recovery are flexibility, weight training, cardio and nutrition. Injuries that commonly occur are strains and sprains. A strain is injury to the muscle whereas a sprain is injury to the ligament. When the body is injured, it bleeds internally and this is what causes the stiffness and pain. Immobilization of the limb greatly contributes to the stiffness, which is why flexibility is so important for recovery; a fully functioning joint is less likely to have underlying scar tissue and adhesion.